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For Netanyahu, an assassination opens up a political escape hatch

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Analysis. As one analyst put it, Netanyahu ‘made sure he’ll have a place in the future government and a protective shield from the possible indictment for corruption that he will have to face in the next few months.’

written by Michele Giorgio

Topic Middle East and North Africa


November 15, 2019

Benyamin Netanyahu insisted that he had made the decision to assassinate Bahaa Abu al-Atta together with the heads of the armed forces and intelligence services and with the approval of the security cabinet, and that he was thinking only about “the good of Israel,” without considering the political advantages he would reap from the elimination of the military commander of the Islamic Jihad.

Few believe these claims by the Likud leader and incumbent prime minister, starting with the editors of Haaretz: one of them, Chemi Shalev, accused him of thinking first and foremost........

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