Israel set to hold crucial elections on January 22
How will they impact US relations?
- Duration 6:00
- Date Jan 9, 2013
How will they impact US relations?
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-- back Israel essential crucial elections January 22 the prime minister there Benjamin Netanyahu.
Facing perhaps the political fight of his life politician not -- Bennett is a rising force on the right wing and as the election come at a critical time for Israel.
As it anxiously watches the civil war in Syria nearby in the conflict with Palestinians showing no signs of ending so.
Where does this put Israel in the changing Middle East and what is the impact of the election.
On those of us here in the United States joining us now is Danny did not he is the deputy speaker of the Israeli.
Can asset that's the house of parliament there is a member Benjamin Netanyahu's.
Likud Party and it's a pleasure to have you -- doesn't -- to really wanted to be here today so let's just explain first of all because there's a parliamentary system in Israel.
People aren't necessarily going to go to the polls and vote for a prime minister right there voting for a party and there's a lot of a lot of parties for them to -- front.
When you go to vote -- -- you vote -- polity in the -- kind of date.
And I believe that I was Netanyahu would be the next prime minister who'd be good because about the -- form the next coalition but you have to pay for this -- parties.
So will really willing to -- you -- -- we know will winning their addictions.
But improbably ability to also -- he put on now.
Studying towards -- one party's.
So I didn't -- -- similar provision -- we have to pay out lots more positive note to form a coalition.
It will be very how to govern and to -- those -- that the of those challenges that we have to Trace.
And the prime minister actually gave a couple of interviews today.
In which he warned people about that if you if you like -- for prime minister -- going to have to vote for my party you can't.
Just assume that by voting for these other smaller parties that they are going to join a coalition with -- and we're gonna be able to rule together it seems to be it seems like fit the prime minister is a little concerned we are concerned the main message if you want to see us strong prime minister and a strong government.
Do you -- the -- about the that ability to govern otherwise we wouldn't win that election but -- can take maybe -- in response to a people must let them go for another elections you have a vested interest here -- a member of the prime minister's Likud Party but what would you say to Americans about.
This election and what it means for US Israeli relations.
I think what -- -- that the public can either be shifting to the right to the we understand he's not about land for peace to -- -- -- want to know -- continue to of the Palestinian president who's got a lot of what's going wound to the right to think about the within Likud Party.
Because we want to -- people to understand these no real viable peace -- to -- among the Palestinians.
I -- ask you about some of the headlines in the news today we can go through them one at a time here first of all fox and other news organizations reported that Chuck Hagel former senator here.
In this country is going to be named as the president's choice to be the new head of the Pentagon.
He is someone that a lot of people have pointed out has said things not necessarily favorable towards Israel in the past he is criticized the Israel lobby.
Here in this country saying that they are too strong.
What would that mean if Chuck Hagel we're nominated to be the next secretary of defense we -- of getting in voting denominational fervent Obama.
I feel the cold -- of some of the vigilant usually musician.
I think the main issue what President Obama will do you sit and don't what are these what -- -- He's meant what he seemed to all day around toward Hamas can but not only wanted to change the potency they think really performing but we think that the Clinton by only the one who decide.
With the -- -- going regarding Iran.
Okay let's talk about Iran and their nuclear program and their role.
In the recent violence in Gaza because -- -- give -- a -- it was Iran that was providing.
The weaponry to Hamas that we're used in shells that were sent into Israeli neighborhoods just over the last several months how realistic is an Israeli attack.
More on Iranian targets league visual for Iran of course an issue for the American people I know you have your -- problem for the fiscal issues a budget that congress.
But you have to look what they want and what you Draco putting good if they want it would become nuclear.
-- the threat to the American people and the Israelis and what's real booming real -- to the US partner of let's deal -- that we cannot ignore it 2000 Philippine he's do you with a defeat -- the wind must be taken but he was president invading Israeli prime minister.
In the if we -- have to didn't feel I was so we -- Able to do it you're prepared to Israel is prepared to act unilaterally.
Even if the United States is not give its blessing is that he's capable of dealing with or deflecting the need to leave but -- to not be the wool over Jews against Iran.
If you do differently if we get the support of the US -- you'll.
Because obviously did not fully developed before -- -- there was some societies.
Syria another one of your hostile neighbors you seem to have -- cafe you have no shortage of them over there so -- -- speaking out today as defiant as ever is the international community doing the right thing.
Is sort of stepping back and letting the civil war their play out or should people countries like -- like the United States be more actively involved there if you bail -- plus.
Because we -- getting -- But you're watching and they what's happening there and it's -- -- -- I think that they the US in the -- hope.
Must be more involved and to stop the bloodshed in Syria today we also what do very carefully what would happen we -- -- and weapons that I thought his putting today with a to go to the team but not with a -- go to al-Qaeda.
To -- what you need very carefully but I think something must be done by the US and the international community.
Deputy speaker I have one more question for you Israel seems as always the center of hostility.
Just wondering we have thirty seconds left is that the way will always be.
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And because really Frontline that went against us but if you do decide to live it to be coming from Iran -- as the -- from the present democracy human rights -- That I against these live with old slug of fuel in the US as well and it's a -- is the deputy speaker of The Knesset the parliament.
In Israel thank you very much you save travels all my -- -- my home later today and we'll be right back.