The prime minister risked his government, and apparently also his freedom, not to fight Israel’s enemies or jump-start the economy, but for flattering pictures of his wife Sara on Walla news
Aluf Benn is the editor-in-chief of Haaretz Newspaper. He has followed the country's leadership, foreign policy, and national security, covering six prime ministers from Yitzhak Rabin through Benjamin Netanyahu's second term, and reporting on Israeli-Arab wars and peace efforts since the Oslo Accords in 1993.
His work has appeared in The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, and Newsweek, and he is a regular contributor to The Guardian.
Benn holds an MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a degree from Tel Aviv University.
The New York Times columnist tells Haaretz how 2007 was a technological tipping point that can only be truly realized if the U.S. and China overcome their trust deficit
Analysis Israel Election 2019: After Suffering Setback, This Is How Netanyahu May Try to Hold on to Power
Election results show: The voters have joined Trump, Putin, the army chief and others in recognizing Netanyahu's weakness and acted accordingly
In this election, there is nothing that ignites hatred more than the fear of rising Arab and ultra-Orthodox communities
The animosity between the two is of no importance
The political man of the hour is Avidgor Lieberman: Only he can force an alternative leader on Likud, push for a unity government and bring about new elections
The Haredim's weight on the state treasury will intensify until taxpayers revolt and rise up against their oppressors
Gaza's suffering will not and cannot be alleviated by any long-range rocket or armed drone. Why not try something different and recognize Israel?
For Israel to achieve political stability, the electoral threshold must be raised. This can have two possible models: The tribal or the radical
The new Netanyahu government will have two main goals: Get rid of the indictments looming in his future, and annex the settlements to Israel, in coordination with the Trump administration
The fact that the right rose to power 42 years ago and that Netanyahu has ruled for a decade doesn't stop them from arguing the real power remains in the hands of their political opponents
In the past, American support always entailed Israel providing something in exchange. Not this time
America's energy independence has enabled Trump to shatter foreign policy taboos without concern for angry reactions from the Persian Gulf states. But will other countries follow suit?
On stage, we see players like the government and media outlets, but the real authority is behind the scenes. This is Netanyahu's true legacy
Similar to Trump, Gantz's secret was accurately reading the current sentiment among his potential supporters' camp. But the road to the Prime Minister's Office remains perilous
Benny Gantz's speech was an appeal to Ashkenazim that it's not too late to reverse Netanyahu's anti-elitism revolution
For the first time in a decade, the opposition has someone with authority and military experience, and Gantz's speech showed he can lead the anti-Netanyahu camp
Moshe Arens’ voice was unique, insistent and unsuited to the talking points of Likud and Netanyahu
For Netanyahu, this move will help postpone the AG's decision on the corruption probes against him and make it easier to tell Trump to lay off the 'deal of the century'
Netanyahu's message last week in Paris was that Israel needs steady hands at the wheel. But now he no longer has a defense minister to blame, and its hard to rely on the military for political support
Benjamin Netanyahu was and remains the sole custodian of Israel’s security. The authority and responsibility always stayed in his hands, with Lieberman or without him
If Benny Gantz wins enough Knesset seats in the upcoming elections, the former army chief of staff could guarantee Netanyahu's reelection
Just as the British maintained a democracy in Westminster and a military dictatorship in India, Israel maintains a democracy in the Knesset and military rule in the West Bank
If the prime minister continues on the path he signaled after meeting Trump, his opponents will have to decide what matters more: Ending the occupation or his corruption investigations
An imaginary holiday interview
He offered to enshrine the Declaration of Independence in law back in the 1960s, was one of the first Israelis to extend a hand to the Arab minority and helped make Arafat a partner in peace. Saying goodbye to Uri Avnery
Subterranean digging, a new generation of armored personnel carriers, aerial defense by remote control – we got a close look at the IDF's responses to mounting tension on its borders
It was one of the Israeli army's most successful operations, but was censored for over a decade. Now, a Haaretz investigation goes behind the scenes of the 2007 strike on 'The Cube,' shortly before it became an active nuclear reactor: From the intelligence failures and American foot-dragging, to the arguments at the top levels and the threats of a total war with Syria
Syria Strike Revealed The Intelligence Failure: It Took Years for Israel to Discover Syria's Reactor
'The scary thing is that Assad and the North Koreans were building a plutogenic reactor right under our noses for five or six years'