In Israel, Netanyahu Outplays His Political Opponents, Again

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech at his office in Jerusalem, March 14, 2020 (pool photo by Gali Tibbon via AP Images).
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech at his office in Jerusalem, March 14, 2020 (pool photo by Gali Tibbon via AP Images).
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After three weeks of negotiations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and leading opposition figure Benny Gantz agreed to form a national unity government last week. While the idea of a unity government between Netanyau’s right-wing Likud party and Gantz’s centrist Blue and White bloc had been discussed on both sides over the past year, what finally broke the logjam after three inconclusive elections since April 2019 was the public health crisis and economic recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Gantz, facing the difficult choice of breaking his core campaign promise to not serve alongside Netanyahu or taking Israel to a […]

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