(JERUSALEM POST) TEL AVIV – The Obama administration’s most recent threat to “re-evaluate” the US approach toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict needs to be exposed for what it is: a backhanded attempt to influence the composition of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s forthcoming ruling coalition and pressure him into a unity deal with left-wing parties.

Following his Likud party’s decisive victory in last week’s elections, Netanyahu will soon be tasked by Israel’s president with forming a coalition government that must constitute at least 61 seats in the country’s 120-seat Knesset.

The various potential allied parties are already preparing their list of conditions for entering the coalition as Netanyahu prepares for a Herculean politico-diplomatic process of balancing egos, overcoming conflict, responding to outlandish demands, and forging a stable coalition to move the new government forward.

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