Netanyahu’s time is up

Progress on peace deal requires a new government, writes Jonathan Rynhold

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Jonathan Rynhold

Professor of Political Studies, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

If Benjamin Netanyahu survives the corruption scandals and a coalition crisis in which he is currently embroiled, then in September he will become Israel’s longest-serving prime minister.

Since he assumed office a decade ago, the public have become distressed about the rising cost of living and angry about his pandering to the political parties which represent the Ultra-Orthodox, known in Israel as the Haredim, yet none of this has threatened his hold on power. Polls show that Netanyahu continues to be viewed as the most suitable person to serve as prime minister, even if a majority of Israelis are dissatisfied with his performance.

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