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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a weekly cabinet meeting, Jerusalem, May 31, 2016 (AP photo by Dan Balilty).

The Israeli Right Has All the Power—but No Endgame

Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016

Things have never looked brighter for the Israeli right’s political prospects. Israel’s current government is widely acknowledged as the most right-wing in the country’s history. The opposition is so weak and fragmented that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is practically leading the country unopposed. The decades-old project of expanding Jewish settlements into the West Bank has lured more than 300,000 Israelis into the West Bank, threatening to render the two-state solution obsolete.

Yet scratch beneath the surface and you’ll find that neither Netanyahu nor his allies on the religious right know what to do with this power. In fact, as its political influence grows, Israel’s right is becoming more aimless and confused. It excels at crushing its political adversaries, but doesn't know what to do once they’re vanquished. Much of its conduct over the past few years has been about buying time. It all comes down to the simple fact that the Israeli right has no endgame. ...

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