Netanyahu Asserts Control: Defending US Ties After Coalition Partner’s Criticism

Jack daniel
1 min readFeb 5, 2024

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asserted his authority, defending his government’s relationship with the United States following criticism from his far-right National Security Minister, Itamar Ben-Gvir. This public disagreement highlights internal tensions within the new Israeli coalition and potential strains with a key ally.

Ben-Gvir, head of the Otzma Yehudit party, accused the US of pressuring Israel on issues like settlements and the Gaza conflict. He urged Netanyahu to take a tougher stance, raising concerns about potential damage to US-Israel relations.

Netanyahu, however, dismissed these claims, stating he “doesn’t need help” managing ties with the US. He emphasized Israel’s right to make its own decisions while acknowledging occasional differences with its American allies. He reiterated his appreciation for US support, particularly during the recent Gaza conflict.

This exchange reflects the ideological differences within Netanyahu’s coalition. Ben-Gvir’s hawkish views and confrontational approach contrast with Netanyahu’s more pragmatic approach to foreign policy.

The incident also raises concerns about the potential impact on US-Israel relations. While both countries share strategic interests, disagreements on key issues like settlements and Palestinian rights could create friction.

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