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Israeli protesters hold signs and chant slogans during a demonstration against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. A protest against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in Jerusalem, Sept. 20, 2020 (AP photo by Sebastian Scheiner).

Why Israel’s Netanyahu Will Weather Protests and Another COVID-19 Lockdown

Monday, Sept. 21, 2020

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s allure to Israeli voters is perhaps best embodied in three election campaign posters that adorned the 15-story headquarters of his Likud party in Tel Aviv last year. Each depicted him alongside a major world leader: U.S. President Donald Trump, Russia’s Vladimir Putin and India’s Narendra Modi, under the slogan: “Netanyahu: Another League.” The message: Netanyahu, and Netanyahu alone, makes Israel punch above its weight on the world stage.

The normalization agreements Israel signed with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain last week should have unambiguously reinforced this image. Even Netanyahu’s most dogged critics have difficulty faulting his foreign policy. So it must have surprised the prime minister to find protesters blocking an entrance to Ben Gurion Airport as he set out to seal the deal in Washington. ...

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