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What Will Benjamin Netanyahu Do?

May 17, 2012

Benjamin Netanyahu is poised to become the longest-serving Israeli Prime Minister since David Ben-Gurion.  But what will history say about this man?

“But to be a historic figure, one must make history. Now we will find out what the king really believes. Is he a statesman or a pol, a builder or a general, the Israeli leader who can finally make peace with the Palestinians or the one who launches a potentially disastrous unilateral attack on Iran?” “Can he keep Israel a distinctive Jewish state and preserve it as a democratic one? As a historian of the Zionist movement, Bibi knows these choices ­better than anyone else. As a soldier, he also understands the dark history that lies behind the creation of Israel. The question is whether he is a prisoner of that history or can write a new narrative….

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