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Netanyahu's Attempt at a Constitutional Putsch Put Rivals Closer to Government

Prime Minister Netanyahu's wild flip-flop on appointing a justice minister is a further testament of his panic. Meanwhile, Naftali Bennet steps up his political game in meeting with Islamist leader

Yossi Verter
Yossi Verter
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The explanations for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s flip-flop range from political (an effort to restore a sense of sanity to the system and control damage in the negotiations with Naftali Bennett); to the legal (his panic that the High Court of Justice was poised not just to void the appointment of Ofir Akunis as justice minister, but would rip him to shreds and perhaps even hint at incapacitation), to the psychological (his tendencies to sharp mood swings, bordering on manic depression, as his mandate ends, along with his dreamy rental contract on Balfour Street).

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