In a column in The Atlantic magazine titled "What Obama is Actually Trying to Do in Israel," Goldberg, who is close to Obama, said the president wanted to cause a rupture in Netanyahu's coalition that would necessitate bringing in Kadima. He said he spoke about the matter with officials in the White House.
Now, I wouldn't say that the President and I are close; I mean, we're in the same morning minyan, and we celebrate Shemini Atzeret together (he's always by Rahm for Tu b'Shvat); and we're on the same curling team; and we're both contributing editors at Tablet Magazine; and he attends most Atlantic editorial meetings (more than I attend, actually) and we wrote a Hannukah song together (no, wait, that was someone else); and we're in same Philip Roth book club; and obviously we were both born in Kenya. But other than that, we're not really close.
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