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Netanyahu's Puppet Master, a Cynic in Paradise

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04.04.2018

A synopsis of the farce that is the “agreement” and its cancellation, to paraphrase a barb made famous by Winston Churchill: An empty algorithm stopped at Balfour Street in Jerusalem, and Benjamin Netanyahu, a virtual prime minister, stepped out. A brief brouhaha on his new-media accounts was all it took to shake him to his foundations. But seeing that the makeup of Netanyahu’s character and his dysfunctional bent are known to all, we need not go down that road. Instead, let’s talk about the puppet master, Naftali Bennett, who time after time runs the algorithm (leveraging the abduction-murder of the three teenagers to launch Operation Protective Edge, the Elor Azaria affair, the metal detectors at the Temple Mount, and more).

In private conversations, it’s easy to get to the bottom of Bennett. He’s not really a dazed, messianic, fascist extremist. It’s not clear how religious he is, and he certainly isn’t crazy. To say any of that about him is to err and deceive, to contribute to demonization by the left and a kind of myth-making by the right. A mirror image that in either case........

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