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MembersBenjamin Netanyahu and the Curse of Success

Love him or hate him, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister has been a force to be reckoned with

| Topics: Benjamin Netanyahu
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He is a leader both admired and criticized. For decades he has been in the political game, both at home and out in the world. 

Israel’s most effective diplomat is able to speak convincingly, in English, before the UN General Assembly like no one else. Over two separate terms he has served as Israel’s prime minister for a combined 13 years. He has held the posts of Finance Minister, Defense Minister, and even did double-duty as Foreign Minister while serving as Prime Minister. 

For longer than many can remember, he has steered Israel’s foreign policy. Like a tightrope-walker, he maintained Israel’s strong economy even as the rest of the world wallowed in recession. 

Surrounded by worshipers, he’s made just as many enemies. He knows how to read the political map, and often recognizes unique opportunities long before others. But at the same time he is accused of arrogance and considered a hedonist. 

He’s insulted and rejected those who got too...

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