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Israel Now a Key Battleground in the Global Clash of Liberal Democracy and Its Enemies

Netanyahu is calling in unprecedented re-election favors (read: interventions) from his illiberal brothers - Trump, Putin, Modi, Bolsonaro and Orban. The gloves are coming off in the conflict between liberals and illiberals in Israel – and around the world

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The giant posters adorning the Likud party's headquarters in Tel Aviv, showing party leader and Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu shaking hands with Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and Narendra Modi, vividly showcase a new political reality - with global cosequences.

They're only one example of an exceptional level of international involvement in both this year's Israeli national election campaigns, unprecedented in both scope and style. But the posters, their iconography and their message have a significance beyond the intricacies of Israeli politics.