Israel's Political Crisis: How Bennett Lost Control of His Own Party

Critics say a savvier politician, like Netanyahu, would have harshly punished problematic party members and spent less time mediating between Putin and Zelenskyy while his governing coalition was slipping away from him

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Keep your friends close and your enemies closer, the maxim goes. 

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has been lauded for his role in knitting together a unity government that includes his former opponents to the left of his party Yamina – which literally means “rightward.” Bennett has led his eight-party coalition with relative success for nearly a year, topping it off in recent weeks with his role, however modest, in the negotiations between Russia and Ukraine.

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