The Cards Are Stacked Against Netanyahu's Casino Initiative

Economically, a casino is a sure bet. Politically, though, it’s a head-first dive into an empty pool, especially considering that more than one-third of the coalition members are ultra-Orthodox or national-religious.

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For 20 years there’s been talk of building a casino in the resort city of Eilat. And why not? Gambling establishments exist in Europe’s most civilized venues; Israelis like to visit them, usually playing for...