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

A protest against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in Jerusalem, Sept. 20, 2020 (AP photo by Sebastian Scheiner).
A protest against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in Jerusalem, Sept. 20, 2020 (AP photo by Sebastian Scheiner).

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 […]

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