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Netanyahu's political touch eludes him as Israel spirals into chaos

By Steve Hendrix

26 Mar 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Netanyahu's efforts to reshape Israel's judiciary have triggered mass protests and a volatile political climate. Now the crisis is threatening the stability of his own government. The Post reports.

JERUSALEM - Few figures have stood astride the Israeli public arena like Benjamin Netanyahu, the longest-serving prime minister in the country's history.

Over a record six terms, the leader known as "Bibi" has honed an image that is more puppet-master than politician, so often has he eluded scandal, bounced back from defeat and outwitted opponents (and more than a few allies).

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