Will Netanyahu Be Able to Hold Off the Rise of Israel’s Political Center?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, Jerusalem, Feb. 16, 2015 (AP photo by Sebastian Scheiner).
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, Jerusalem, Feb. 16, 2015 (AP photo by Sebastian Scheiner).

It wasn’t exactly Gen. Douglas MacArthur vowing, “I shall return.” But when former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon announced on May 20 that he was stepping down from the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, and taking a temporary leave from politics after losing his post in the Cabinet, he added a caveat laced with more than a little bravado: “I have no intention of [permanently] leaving public life,” he declared. And in case his former boss, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, missed the thrust of the promise, Yaalon added, “I will return as a candidate for national leadership.” With that, the former chief […]

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