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Obama's Roadmap for the New Israeli Government

Mazal Mualem sketches a guide to the new Israeli coalition for US Pesident Barack Obama.
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - FEBRUARY 05: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli president Shimon Peres pose for a photograph with the heads of the parties of the Knesset (Israeli parliament) during a reception marking the opening of the 19th Knesset on February 5, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel.The 120 members of the Knesset included a record 48 new law makers.  (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

The new Israeli government that US President Barack Obama will meet this week on March 20 is the result of deep political changes brought about by the recent Israeli elections. The facts that no governmental changeover took place and that Benjamin Netanyahu is still prime minister are deceiving; nothing in the Israeli political map remains as it was. New powers have risen, shifting the center of gravity within the government. Below are five characteristics of the new map of Israeli politics, five things that the American president should know about before his arrival.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is a weak, outmaneuvered prime minister.

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