Thirty-eight years ago, on a flight from Washington to New York, a senior Israeli officer studying at Georgetown bumped into the young deputy ambassador he had first encountered a decade earlier when Benjamin Netanyahu was an officer in the IDF’s elite Sayeret Matkal unit.
“I asked Bibi on the flight, ‘Where do you see yourself in 10 years?’” the officer would later recall. “Without hesitation he answered: ‘As prime minister.’ ‘Come on,’ I said. ‘You’ll have to first overcome the Likud dinosaurs like [Yitzhak] Shamir, and then the Likud princes.’ Bibi answered: ‘The dinosaurs are dying out and the princes are too blue-blooded to fight for the crown. I’ll get there.’”