Peace talks threaten Israeli coalition

Jan 29, 2014, 1:02 PM EST
Israel's new Economics and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett, leader of the Jewish Home party, speaks during a conference as part of the WATEC Water Technology Exhibition in the Mediterranean coastal city of Tel Aviv, on October 22, 2013.
AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ

Naftali Bennett, the utraconservative coalition partner of P.M. Benjamin Netanyahu, issued a veiled barb at the premier in a Tuesday speech when he promised there would be no forgiving a leader who made territorial concessions. He apologized profusely on Wednesday, but the public display of tension speaks to the domestic political impediment to the Israeli government striking a deal on a Palestinian state.

Background:

Israeli ruling coalition wobbles as U.S. peace proposal looms [Reuters]