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Netanyahu’s Atonement

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Polls ahead of the next election predict an advantage of four-to-five Knesset seats for Kahol Lavan over Likud. These figures are most likely temporary. They reflect, however, many right-wing people’s disappointment with Benjamin Netanyahu. He led the way to the next election, the disappointed voters are convinced, to escape his legal predicament and not for the reasons he gave, such as using his continued term as premier to apply Israeli law and sovereignty in the Jordan Valley.

When his followers are forced to explain why he hasn’t done so until now, they reply that Barack Obama prevented it. And what about Donald Trump’s tenure? This president recognized Israel’s sovereignty in the Golan Heights, moved the United States embassy to Jerusalem and this week imposed sanctions on American universities that enable BDS activity – and got a cold shower from some of the Israeli media for it. Is Trump the one preventing Netanyahu from applying Israeli sovereignty in the Jordan Valley?

Netanyahu has........

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