|Pres. Obama drops in on meeting with Mofaz, June 21. (Photo by Pete Souza)|
.... The question is whether the former Israeli military chief of staff and defense minister has the ear of the person whose opinion matters most from the Israeli perspective: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“The joining of Mofaz to his government provides a stable platform to proceed toward the two-state solution,” Gilad Sher, a former top negotiator with the Palestinians, told JTA. “But it all depends on what's happening within one person's mind, and that person is our prime minister, Bibi Netanyahu.”
Yet, he added, "[With Mofaz] there is a better chance for this coalition to at least try to move towards a direction that would be more specifically oriented to a two-state solution. ...”