New Year, New Netanyahu: PM Aims for the Political Center in Latest Rebranding

With a crowded right, the PM is rediscovering decency, and silencing and sidelining the embarrassing members of his coterie. The maneuver, of course, is an illusion

Yossi Verter
Yossi Verter
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Yossi Verter
Yossi Verter

Even the best meteorologist failed to predict the torrent of parties dousing Israel’s voters in this year’s election. But an even odder phenomenon was missed by the radar: the birth of a new centrist party. Well, actually, it already exists: Likud.

A year ago, woozy in the high altitudes of the West Bank’s hills and the plains of Washington, members of the Yesha Council of settlers and a bunch of Bibi-ists burst into happy dances under D.C.’s skies. The feeling was that the notion of annexing West Bank land, which had been rendered kosher in the second election and got an upgrade in the third, was about to become a reality. In just a few moments, the land of our fathers would be united under Israeli law. Every loony windswept outpost would be granted a title deed from the government.

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