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This Is How Netanyahu Will Go Down in History

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The esteemed author Meir Shalev wrote in a recent article that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “won’t be remembered in any way. … People have to do something really major, for good or for evil, in order to merit a place in history.”

Shalev noted that Netanyahu did not bring about a solution to the conflict with the Palestinians while he did contribute to social and economic inequality in Israel, and was not a trailblazer.

But history is not a linear progression connecting trailblazing events. The historical perspective examines what happened between the stage when a leader assumed his position and the point when he departed.

Mussolini and Franco were declared dictators who fought their opponents in every way possible. Both were disciples of the fascist-totalitarian school and enjoyed broad popular support.

Mussolini, who brought his bitter end upon himself, did not remain a dead letter in Italian history. Franco, who was a violent despot but knew how to avoid........

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