Political crisis to unlikely occur in Israel: experts

Azerbaijan, Baku, January 29 / Trend , U.Sadikhova/

Despite the differences in the statements by the political parties in Israel regarding relations with Turkey and the peace process, Israeli experts do not believe that this will cause a political crisis in the country.

While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu states that the Jewish settlements are an integral part of Jerusalem, the eastern part of which is claimed by the Palestinians, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who heads the Labor Party, considers the lack of progress in the peace talks as more dangerous for the country than Iran's nuclear program.

Barak believes that the uncertainty of the borders with the Palestinians presents the biggest threat to the Israeli state, and the peace negotiations, broken off more than a year ago, should be immediately resumed.

But Netanyahu, speaking last Sunday before the settlers, said that the international community must finally recognize the right of Israelis to build homes in "their territory".

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas refuses to negotiate unless the Israeli leadership is committed to completely stopping settlement activity in East Jerusalem, in addition to ten-month moratorium on construction of Jewish homes in the West Bank.

At the same time the representatives of the Israeli establishment approach the issue of relations with Turkey, which are experiencing difficult times.

While during his visit to Ankara after a diplomatic scandal, Ehud Barak spoke of the need to maintain a strategic and defensive alliance with Turkey, the Israeli Foreign Ministry this week issued a report where Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is accused of aiding the spread of anti-Semitism ideas because of criticism against the Israeli leadership.

However, Israeli experts see no reason for the political crisis in Israel because of the differences in the political statements. The political split in the country came to an end last spring, when it was possible to form a coalition government headed by Netanyahu's right party Likud.

Israeli political scientist Shmuel Sandler thinks so far the government is quite stable. According to the expert Barak has pressures from his own party.

"There are things they compare but they get along quite well - Barak and Netanyahu. Each one is responding the pressure from its own party. Barak is responding, he shows to his party that he is such a hulk," Sandler, Professor of International Relations at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies told Trend by telephone from Tel Aviv.

But in general they both are agree that the main danger is Iran and the Palestinians are not strategic, the political situation in Israel is quite stable, the expert said. 

Regarding Israel's approach to relations with Turkey, professor of international relations Eytan Gilboa thinks that Barak and Netanyahu share the importance of maintaining a strategic alliance with Ankara.

"The foreign minister is another. Turkey is important, but prime minister was too strict, he critics Israel. But Turkey remains as military ally," Gilboa, former advisor at Israeli Prime Minister's office told Trend .   

Gilboa believes that Barak's statement in the contact that he is a qualitely politic sometime he makes statements to move support among his party members. "Netanyahu and Barak worked together very well," Gilboa added.

Barak's party became the last, which agreed to join the collation of right Likud, "Israel is Our Home" and Shas in March 2009, which enabled Netanyahu to lead the coalition government in Israel for the second time.

According to Yehuda Ben Meir, former deputy foreign minister of Israel, the nuances in the statements by Barak and Prime Minister Netanyahu are that they are speaking to the two different electoral. However, like other experts Ben Meir believes both Netanyahu and Barak hold the same position on approach to partnership with Turkey and peaceful talks with the Palestinians.

"Certainly there are no causes for political crisis in Israel and break of the collation. They are speaking to the two different electoral on the same topic, but they have not differences in the question of relations with Turkey and the Palestinians," Ben Meir, director of the Public Opinion and National Security Project at the Israeli Institute for National Security Studies, told Trend in a telephone conversation.   

According to him, both Netanyahu and Barak in entirely Israeli political defense establishment are very interested in preserving the good relations with Turkey, but the differences are in the nuances how to respond to the statements by Prime Minister Erdogan.

With regards to the Palestinian issue, both politicians act for solution of the problem within "two states for two peoples"

According to the expert, Barak considers it important to preserve democratic character of Israel, which is more important than the Iranian issue.   

"Barak thinks to say that if we wouldn't be able to achieve sometimes in the future "two state for two people", we are endangering the Jewish democratic character of the state which is more dangerous in long run," Ben Meir said.

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