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Netanyahu Lost Power Today, but He's Leaving as a Winner

For almost 40 years as a diplomat and politician, Benjamin Netanyahu’s ideology triumphed over the Palestinians, the Israeli left and the very concept of what makes a successful prime minister

Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer

The British politician Enoch Powell wrote that “all political lives, unless they are cut off in midstream at a happy juncture, end in failure.” By this standard, it’s hard to describe the way Benjamin Netanyahu’s term in Israel’s Prime Minister’s Office is about to end as a defeat. He is incapable of leaving the stage voluntarily, and he is no different in this than the country’s previous 11 premiers. None of them chose the circumstances in which they left office. That’s the nature of the job. It doesn’t end well.

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