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As Netanyahu’s Far-right Gov’t Takes Shape, Washington Wonders: Which Bibi Are We Dealing With This Time?

The questions heard in Jerusalem also sounded in Washington this week: Why is Netanyahu handing so much power to Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben-Gvir? ■ The Israeli army presents: A troubling – but transparent – overview of the Mideast’s near future

Amos Harel
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Amos Harel
Amos Harel

WASHINGTON — Surprise laced with concern: That’s Washington’s reaction to the results of the November 1 election in Israel, and to the contours of the looming new government. According to reports, the Biden administration intervened unusually in the formation of the government in Israel, laying down a red line for the prime minister-designate, Benjamin Netanyahu: vetoing politely, more or less, the appointment of the head of the Religious Zionism party, MK Bezalel Smotrich, as defense minister.

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