Wary of a Quagmire, Netanyahu Launches a War of Words

More than previous prime ministers, today’s incumbent is deathly afraid of an operational entanglement, of photographs of fallen soldiers in the media, of mounting public protest.

On the eve of the dissolution of the last Knesset, in a speech in the plenum devoted to the achievements of his second government – and as what seemed to be the opening salvo of his campaign for reelection – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following haiku-like utterance: “We did not launch unnecessary wars / Nor wars at all / In my seven years as PM not one...