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Diplomatic Negotiations Cost Netanyahu His Likud Base

While negotiations with the Palestinians are underway, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces growing distrust and lack of support within his own Likud party. 
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem September 17, 2013. Netanyahu will meet U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington on September 30, an Israeli official said on Tuesday, for talks expected to focus on Iran's nuclear programme. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (JERUSALEM - Tags: POLITICS) - RTX13O85
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On Monday [Sept. 23], in the late-night hours, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office published a firm response to the shooting in Hebron, in which IDF Givati brigade fighter Staff Sgt. Gal Kobi was killed.

In the announcement, the various media outlets were informed that the prime minister “instructed tonight to take immediate action to allow the Jews to move into Hebron’s Machpelah House.” Later on, Netanyahu was quoted as threatening that “Those who try to uproot us from the city of our fathers will achieve the opposite effect,” and promised that “with one hand we will fight terror and with the other we'll strengthen settlement."

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