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Netanyahu's Surprise Interview Merely Underscored His Poor Judgement

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s surprise appearance in Channel 12’s studio Saturday evening was meant to check criticism of his conduct in the submarine affair and to do damage control. But it didn’t dispel the fog. To the contrary, his performance merely underscored that many questions remain about his decisions, his changing and contradictory stories, and his judgment.

Ostensibly, there are two separate cases, but the connection between them must be examined. In the first, in 2007 Netanyahu paid $600,000 for shares in SeaDrift Coke, a company owned by his cousin Nathan Milikowsky, and sold them in November 2010 for $4.3 million. Netanyahu earned a very high profit on an investment in a company whose market value dropped sharply during the global financial crisis of 2008. SeaDrift was sold to GrafTech........

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