Ally’s Brutal Betrayal on Live TV Shocks Israel and Mauls Netanyahu

Former loyalist Zeev Elkin’s scorching condemnation of the prime minister provided political melodrama of Shakespearian proportions

Chemi Shalev
Chemi Shalev
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Frustrated by the government’s decision to impose an extended total lockdown from Sunday, overwhelmed by the ongoing misery of COVID-19, and increasingly disgusted by successive dysfunctional governments, Israelis were nevertheless stunned by the bloody political drama that unfolded on their television sets on Wednesday night. No one had expected Zeev Elkin, of all people, to betray Benjamin Netanyahu so brutally and to join his formidable rival and Likud renegade Gideon Sa’ar.

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