RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:
We're going to follow up, now, on the meeting between President Obama and Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. There's been some friction between the two countries that are longtime allies. The atmosphere seemed much better, though, on this visit to Washington, by the prime minister. Still, Netanyahu skirted the issue of settlements, one of the most contentious issues on the table. Sheera Frenkel reports from Jerusalem.
SHEERA FRENKEL: At the top of their agenda is the contentious settlement issue. Itamar Ben-Gvir is a hard-line right-wing settler leader. He says the settlement issue is a veritable landmine for Netanyahu, one that could end his government.
MONTAGNE: The minute time will come - the real time will come, Netanyahu will fall. What Netanyahu is offering is a lot more than what he could give. A lot more than the consesus in Israel is ready to give.
FRENKEL: Aryeh Eldad is a Knesset member with the right-wing National Union Party and lives in a settlement. He described an emergency session that took place in the parliament before Netanyahu departed for Washington.
MONTAGNE: We met at the Knesset, the heads of all the coalition factions, and we deliver to Netanyahu, the message that if he will elongate the freeze on building he will have no government.
FRENKEL: Still, many of Netanyahu's supporters say that they believe the prime minister will toe the right-wing line. Kineret Schlessinger is a 16-year-old student from the settlement of Kedumim. She came out to the protest last week because she says she wants to strengthen Netanyahu.
MONTAGNE: (Through translator) I do believe in him, but I'm afraid he won't be able to withstand the pressure. I'm here because I want to believe he'll do the right thing, he'll support us.
FRENKEL: For NPR News, I'm Sheera Frenkel in Jerusalem.
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