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Israel’s Leaderless Left Turns to Netanyahu

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How much does the left like Benjamin Netanyahu? That’s a dilemma that seems to be dominating left-wing discourse these days. On all sides they’re looking for all the pluses of his period of leadership.

He’s praised for avoiding war, as though he really had a choice with his making it very clear what such a war would entail. It is pointed out how he didn’t make an effort to get the cultural loyalty bill passed, thereby delaying the vote.

Everyone looks at him with wonder for not having yet annexed the territories, for lining up Israel with some new Arab countries, for being a moderate right-winger.

They say you can’t blame him for the death of the peace process and that in fact he should be exempted from the “process,” for it’s not even certain that Yitzhak Rabin would have gone ahead with it.

In summary, the left does have a leader. He’s perhaps corrupt, extravagant, hates the media and is ready to destroy it, shoots every organization that tries to preserve some semblance of a defense of human rights,........

© Haaretz