It seems to me that Ari Shavit is simply 'piling on' here. A few weeks ago he would have not written a column like this. What he says is largely correct but it has become 'obvious' only because of the protests. Before that he like everyone else could not criticize Netanyahu on economic issues precisely because Israel has been overall doing so well. The question now of course is how the Prime Minister will respond to a challenge that involves dealing with long- term distortions in Israeli society. He has already indicated that he sees the crisis, and will make moves for real change. How this will all work out however is unclear at the moment.
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from the article: Netanyahu's anti-Churchillian policy weakens Israeli society