An American Perspective on Israel's Election

Washington could encourage a strategic realignment in the Middle East and a helpful reframing of the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

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April 22 2019
About the author

Douglas J. Feith, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, served as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy in the George W. Bush administration. He is writing a history of the Arab-Israeli conflict.


Much of the foreign commentary after Israel’s April 9 election has dealt with its supposed effect on Israel-Palestinian relations. Because the results were good for incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, critics say they are bad for “peace diplomacy.” As one Washington Post columnist complained, “Israel’s election has made the path to a two-state solution even rockier.”

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