Israel Is No Longer Right or Left. It’s Pro- and Anti-Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves to supporters after the first exit poll results for the Israeli parliamentary elections, at the Likud party’s headquarters in Jerusalem, March. 24, 2021 (AP photo by Ariel Schalit).
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves to supporters after the first exit poll results for the Israeli parliamentary elections, at the Likud party’s headquarters in Jerusalem, March. 24, 2021 (AP photo by Ariel Schalit).
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Before Benjamin Netanyahu’s long tenure as prime minister, the longest in Israel’s history, Israelis delineated their parties’ political contours on the basis of ideology. That started changing as Netanyahu’s hold on power stretched over the years, despite him acting in ways that some found offensive, counterproductive and possibly criminal. He has now fully reframed Israel’s political divisions, which became starkly apparent in the most recent election, the country’s fourth in just two years. Traditionally, Israelis differentiated their political views by roughly categorizing themselves and their parties between right and left. As in many other countries, the distinction is based on […]

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