Seduce, then outmanoeuvre: Netanyahu prepares to repeat his trick

Israeli PM goes into tight elections after weakening reluctant coalition partner Benny Gantz

22 March 2021 - 20:18 By Mehul Srivastava

Two years ago, Benny Gantz was a storied wartime general entering politics with pledges to rescue Israel from the decade-long reign of prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

For three gruelling back-to-back elections, Gantz fought Netanyahu, a master politician, to a draw. Finally, to spare an exhausted country a fourth election in the midst of a coronavirus outbreak, he joined Netanyahu’s government last year as defence minister, with the promise of him becoming prime minister in 18 months...

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