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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett chairs the first weekly Cabinet meeting of his new government Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, second from right, chairs the first weekly Cabinet meeting of his new government in Jerusalem, June 20, 2021 (pool photo by Emmanuel Dunand via AP).

Israeli Foreign Policy Gets a Makeover Under Bennett

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has been in office for just over a month, but his government is moving quickly to set a new tone on foreign policy. Earlier this month, Bennett quietly visited Jordan on a mission to repair a relationship that had deteriorated under his predecessor, Benjamin Netanyahu. At the same time, the new Israeli government is seeking to build on Netanyahu’s accomplishments, particularly the diplomatic normalization agreements with some Arab states, known as the Abraham Accords.

On the Trend Lines podcast this week, Michael Koplow, policy director at the Israel Policy Forum, joined WPR’s Elliot Waldman to talk about Netanyahu’s legacy and the Bennett government’s early foreign policy moves. ...

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