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Why the Bennett vacation story matters

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The Bennett family’s overseas vacation has led Israeli newscasts for close to 24 hours. “A betrayal,” the PM’s detractors scream on their social media pages, while supporters call it a storm in a teacup, remind us that Israelis are allowed to leave, and recall that the Netanyahus spent weeks in the States during a major Covid spike. Political analysts have concentrated on the optics of the PM’s wife and kids hopping on a plane, a lack of Dugmah Ishit – personal example – they claim. It’s actually about far more.

Last Friday, at a hastily convened press conference, the Prime Minister encouraged Israelis to avoid overseas travel in the face of a grave viral........

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