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An Likud Party election campaign billboard in Tel Aviv showing Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump. An election campaign billboard in Tel Aviv for the Likud party showing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump. The billboard reads in Hebrew: "Netanyahu, in another league." Sept 15, 2019 (AP photo by Oded Balilty).

Netanyahu’s Bet on Trump Is Starting to Look Like a Costly Mistake in Israel

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019

From the moment Donald Trump became U.S. president, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a risky bet. He decided to embrace Trump unreservedly, ignoring warnings from critics who said such close ties to an unpopular president could undermine bipartisan support for Israel in the United States. If his gamble paid off, Netanyahu calculated, Trump would not only provide an unprecedented level of backing for the agenda of Israel’s political right, but he would do something more: Trump would help him stay in power.

For a while, the wager seemed to pay off. But now, as Netanyahu faces a fierce battle to stay in office, and with prosecutors also nipping at his heels, it’s all beginning to look like a costly mistake. ...

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