U.S. Says Israel’s New Government Raises ‘Legitimate Questions’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and Avigdor Lieberman (L), the head of hardline nationalist party Yisrael Beitenu, are seen during a ceremony in which they signed a coalition agreement on May 25, 2016 at the Knesset, the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem.
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Haaretz reports: Just hours after the signing of an agreement between the Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu, the U.S. responded to the expanding of Israel’s governing coalition.

In a very laconic statement, the State Department said that the makeup of the new coalition raises questions about the direction of Israeli policy.

“We have also seen reports from Israel describing it as the most right-wing coalition in Israel’s history and we also know that many of its ministers have said they oppose a two-state solution,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters.

“This raises legitimate questions about the direction it may be headed in … and what kind of policies it may adopt.”
Toner however added that the United States will judge the new government based on its actions.

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