During Putin visit, Netanyahu hopes to bolster alliances at home too
By inviting some of his strongest rivals within Likud, the premier is hoping to hold off the next rebellion within his ranks.
Over the last week, workers for the Netanya municipality have been scrubbing clean every possible part of the square housing the impressive sculpture erected to commemorate fallen Red Army soldiers. That's where Russia's new-old President Vladimir Putin will arrive not long after landing in Israel on Monday.
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