Looking ahead at potential second term for Netanyahu
Former Israeli ambassador to U.N. weighs in
- Duration 5:34
- Date Jan 22, 2013
Former Israeli ambassador to U.N. weighs in
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Election Day right now for our strongest ally in the Middle East as folks across Israel.
Head to the polls in prime minister Benjamin net net -- Netanyahu is expected to get another term which could set up a showdown with Iran.
Netanyahu -- sit in the past that he wants to make the rogue nations nuclear ambitions.
Ambitions his top priority joining us now that singular man he -- the former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations and Fox News contributors so.
Ambassador it looks like that Netanyahu is expected to be -- -- reelected but it's without vigorous support which.
I would ask you what this might mean for his next term his third term as prime minister as well as the politics he faces the challenges at home.
How old this will affect the establishment of a Palestinian state and that the peace process.
Well as you said Israeli is going to the polls right now all the man with the voting will and didn't just -- -- three hours.
And we probably have the results.
In a few Laura's but it does smoke as if today Netanyahu was faulty.
Will win the largest number of seats but still.
There will win just over a quarter of the seats in The Knesset the Israeli parliament which means that they would have to form -- the Netanyahu.
Even if he doesn't win.
Would have to form a coalition.
It looks at the moment does that for the coalition building.
Would be very difficult than you he would have to rely on several smaller Paul -- to gain a majority in the parliament.
This will not really government -- a very strong and solid.
Government in the years to come -- I was watching.
The inauguration yesterday and following your elections very closely and regardless of whether you voted for world didn't vote for -- -- Obama.
You know I'll have -- the administration for four years you know exactly what your next elections are going to be this is not the case.
In Israel and we may actually find those solves.
Having another election in a year or two and because this government does not -- -- if it's going to be.
Very solid that reflect social on your questions regarding Iraq and you need a very strong.
Unity government in all -- -- to take a board decision such as striking Iraq and therefore by a I'm not sure what the results of this election.
Mean as far as that very very crucial decision has come soon.
Now ambassador you mentioned -- -- I know that the people in Israel -- concerned about their economy but Iran is definitely.
Up their front and center and have been meeting between that the UN nuclear watchdog in Iran has been pushed back by a day.
It's now going to be in February 13 perhaps another stall tactic.
Will Netanyahu become more aggressive towards Iran and do you think we could expect to see more unilateral decisions.
With respect to Iran.
I believe prime minister Netanyahu is dedicate that -- committed to stopping Iran from acquiring him a nuclear weapon.
And time indeed that is running all we believe that.
By the summer may be too late so what we're looking at -- -- be the spring.
May be drooling at the latest when a decision would have to be made we still hope that diplomacy will.
Play its role -- we still hope that sanctions will work.
But if they don't I believe that prime minister Netanyahu will make -- -- And will keep his world that he will not allow Iran to become -- -- he -- not.
-- willing to be the prime minister error during the second holocaust of Israel he's very committed to that.
But -- -- -- to do that he would need a very strong coalition.
Very very strong relations in good relations with the United States.
And cooperation with the United States and other countries in order to make sure that this even review and Iran doesn't -- become nuclear.
Then let's talk about that relationship with the United States President Obama he's -- into his second term.
If Netanyahu wins his third term -- -- do you expect their relationship to remain well it's frosty.
Well the relationship between president -- -- -- prime minister Netanyahu has been pretty tense over the last four years.
And I'm not sure that there is -- love affair between the two but then diplomacy politics foreign relations.
I'm not really about love affair goes.
They are about common interest I believe that there is a common interest between the United States and Israel in many many areas including.
The will and the wish to stop you -- but what I do believe will be very necessary.
Is for the prime minister and the presidents to me as quickly as possible.
As soon as an Israeli government -- formed for the Israeli prime minister to go to the White House.
To sit across the table or.
-- with the president of the United States hopefully just the two of them look each other in BI.
That each other.
What they intend to do what they can do what they can't do what the red lines -- and try and find a way to work together.
Because they must work together.
Not only to prevent Iran from becoming nuclear but to make all whole region.
As safer about the place to live -- ambassador -- element thank you very much for your now.