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Netanyahu Opens New Knesset With Same Tired Messages

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened the new Knesset session with recycled messages on Iran, saying little about negotiations with the Palestinians or social and economic issues.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) sits after speaking at the opening of the winter session of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem October 14, 2013. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun (JERUSALEM - Tags: POLITICS) - RTX14AZX
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“The more time passes, the more I am convinced that there is nothing to worry about. Bibi [Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu] simply lacks the courage to make any major diplomatic move.” I was told this yesterday, Oct. 15, by a Knesset member from the Likud — one of the leaders of the party's hard-core ideological right wing — when I raised the possibility that he and his colleagues were falling asleep on their watch, and that the outline for an agreement with the Palestinians could be coming together right under their noses.

Our conversation took place in the Knesset, shortly before Netanyahu delivered his speech at the start of the Knesset's winter session. His speech referred only in a marginal, general and noncommittal way to the diplomatic negotiations. The Knesset member I spoke with and his colleagues in the Likud faction really did have nothing to complain or worry about.

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