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So far, Israel’s Bennett isn’t a leader

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The polls published by Channel 13 television this week in honor of the opening of the Knesset’s winter session didn’t reveal any dramatic plot twists since the results of the last election.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has neither strengthened nor weakened, despite his high profile. Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party has grown a tad stronger, but no poll showed the parties in his bloc with enough seats to form a government.

The good news for Bennett is that the circumstances that allowed him to become prime minister despite heading a party with only six seats haven’t changed. All the parties in his government, despite their plethora of contradictory positions, still have enough good reasons to stick together.

The bad news is that after four months in office, one would have expected Bennett to grow into the job and win further support thanks to the authority, exposure and power the position confers. But that hasn’t happened. Why not?

Likud members, as the heads of the opposition, are constantly trying to dwarf Bennett, claim that the government is illegitimate and stigmatize him as a political swindler. That’s not surprising; it’s their job. Still, also........

© Haaretz

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