Another reason to support a right-wing government in Israel: Barack Obama hates these guys.
That’s good enough for me!
US officials are publicly taking a wait-and-see approach to the formation of a new Israeli government, but privately many have expressed concern that Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu might preside over a right-wing coalition.
He predicted that a governing coalition of parties from the Right could embolden the left flank of the Democratic party and turn up pressure, particularly in the US Congress, to pass measures that made clear demands on Israel.
Oh, great — we’re making demands on Israel now? And they accused Bush of a “New World Order?”
The Capitol Hill source, who didn’t want to be identified speaking about another country’s internal politics, noted that Netanyahu had made a strong effort to reach out to the Obama administration and made the case to the US and the Israeli public that he could work with the White House.
He said that attitude could help assuage US concerns when presented in a national-unity package, whose positions – whether under Netanyahu or Livni – would be more in line with the US’s own policies of engagement on Arab-Israeli reconciliation.
“The hope is that there is a government that is really committed to peace with the Palestinians,” The Washington Post quoted one senior administration official saying.
Still, many political analysts say there’s no doubt the Obama administration would prefer to see a national-unity government headed by Livni.
“The impression in Israel is that the Obama administration has already made its preference known and that its preference is for Kadima – and that impression isn’t going anywhere,” said Georgetown University professor and Israel expert Michael Oren.
“They’d rather work with a centrist government than a right-wing government.”
Probably because right-wing governments tend to be everything the Obama Administrations is NOT; competent, fair handed, firm in their declarations, keep their word . .