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Netanyahu Is No Magician – and He Never Was One

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So Benjamin Netanyahu’s mandate to form a government expired. He couldn’t pull one rodent or another out of his hat, like a successful recommendation of Naftali Bennett as prime minister that would have let him retain control of the option of a fifth election.

Netanyahu’s magic has worn off. He knows it, and it’s time for us to realize it too. Some political commentators have been calling Netanyahu a magician since 1996, when he defeated Shimon Peres in the direct election for prime minister, seemingly against all odds.

But they forget that Ehud Barak demolished him three years later, and that in 2001, Netanyahu let the premiership slip through his fingers when Ariel Sharon nabbed it. They forget his dismal performance regarding the Gaza disengagement, when he voted for the pullout four times because he didn’t have the nerve to take charge of the rebels.

And above all, they forget how Ehud Olmert – Olmert! – creamed him in the 2006........

© Haaretz

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