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Provoked, Israeli PM Bennett Blows a Fuse

The zoo-like unruliness in the Israeli opposition benches, together with the nationalist-racist metaphors that accompanied it, did more to bring the government's unlikely ruling coalition closer together than to tear it apart

Yossi Verter
Yossi Verter
Yossi Verter
Yossi Verter

“I didn’t lose my temper,” Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Wednesday. “I wanted to show [Yamina MK] Nir Orbach and other friends in the right wing of the coalition that we’re living in an intolerable reality, that I support them, literally, physically.” Even if his motive was collegial, the picture of Bennett shouting at Likud MK Miri Regev, making his way through a sea of Knesset ushers and MKs toward opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu (who fled the hall), conveyed fragility and exposed nerves.

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