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Netanyahu Plays Dangerous Game With Iran and Biden. It Could Help Him Politically

The prime minister’s perception is that creating a confrontation with the U.S. administration will allow him to market himself as the only actor capable of diffusing it

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The prevailing conventional wisdom in Israel in the last few days is that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is deliberately and dangerously escalating an ongoing low-intensity confrontation with Iran, with two interlocking objectives guiding him.

First, a political objective: For Netanyahu, who has failed for the fourth time to win a majority, and who is on trial for corruption and fraud, a national security crisis could change the adverse political environment he is facing while trying to form a government. In such a scenario, his decades-old narrative on how only he can deal with Iran would be conducive to the formation of the government that is eluding him.

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