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Netanyahu, Man in Full

Bibi gets the ‘Vanity Fair’ treatment, and Israel captured by Platon

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Bibi.(Platon/VF)

I’m going to just suggest you read Tablet Magazine contributing editor David Margolick’s solid profile of Prime Minister Netanyahu in the new Vanity Fair (and don’t miss the accompanying slide show by Platon!). It is impressively comprehensive; it’s difficult to think of a base left uncovered. I gather from the reception of Margolick’s piece that many were unaware that Sheldon Adelson created Israel HaYom—now Israel’s highest-circulation daily—to buttress his political friend Bibi. (For the record, Israel HaYom‘s English-language newsletter, edited by friend-of-The Scroll Amir Mizroch, rarely feels slanted.) I didn’t know the full extent to which some worry about Netanyahu’s wife Sara—her alleged impetuousness and destabilizing emotional effect on her husband. (It certainly puts in a new light this interview she just gave to a German publication, in which she called her husband her “best friend.”)

I wish I had read the profile before writing my post this morning on Netanyahu’s awkward settlement “compromise,” in which with one hand he opposed a bill that would have attempted to legalize an illegal West Bank neighborhood, and with the other hand approved 850 more houses in other settlements. Margolick effectively gets to the heart of the paradoxical way in which the unity government has weakened Netanyahu:

Invincibility cuts both ways: with settlers and other right-wingers at his side, Netanyahu has always had an excuse to do nothing with the Palestinians. The handicapping is that he still won’t, his new partners notwithstanding. But his days as a cipher may be numbered. Having shown—yet again—his paramount political skills, he may now have to reveal who he really is.

Another juicy bit:

But one charge clearly infuriates him: that [Defense Minister Ehud] Barak, a hugely unpopular figure in Israel whom Netanyahu has rescued from political oblivion, is driving him.

“Oh, totally!’ he scoffs. “He spins me on his little finger.”

The Netanyahu Paradox [VF]
Earlier: Bibi’s Uneasy Settlement Balancing Act

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yevka says:

Nice mug shot.

    learning from olmert, katsav, omer sharon, etc etc. bibi thought it wise and efficient  to get his mug shots taken before the end of his term in office. next batter up will be mr avigdor leiberman

julis123 says:

Slanted newspapers? You freely quote from Haaretz which is the most obviously slanted pepr in Israel and makes not attempt to hide it.

    yevka says:

     Can’t you read? This profile  on Netanyahu was not published in Haaretz but in Vanity Fair.

      Hershl says:

      He is not talking about this article.

      He is talking about Tablet itself.

yevka says:

So? Bibi is the most slanted politician in Israel so what the difference?

    gemel says:

    Newspapers are “supposed” to be objective in their news reporting (as opposed to their editorials) – politicians by their very nature are slanted – that is what having political positions is about. 

    Hopefully, when politicians attain power, they can rise above their political slant and serve the nation and people as a whole.

      Hershl says:

      I know of no objective newspapers today.

      That day passed long ago. 

ralph shapiro says:

after how civilized and poised and humanitarian this mag described assad’s wife, how can anyone trust their journalism, judgement, facts and opinions. they are a leftist opium feed feel good high that has no connection to reality. come on folks they were blinded by the light off her guicci purse, thereby missing, no purposefully committing, not seeing, that she got all these goodies thru state sponsored murder and thievery. with that being their gold standard, we know they distort and would demonize all jewish, israeli
 truths and moral values. 

chose. assad’s wife  or bibi. which one? i chose bibi and flick vanity fair. 

gwhepner says:

Great prosaic comment on David Margolick’s article on Bibi. Here is my poetic comment:

A FREEBIE FOR BIBI

 

There are people who know how to
hold

power, while some only seem to
wield it.

Power is a ball that those who’re
bold

will kick, while those who aren’t
will only field it.

Some people treat their power as a
freebie:

most of them in time will come to lose
it.

Some raise questions. In the case
of Bibi

we don’t know if he’ll use it or
abuse it,

but I feel certain that he’ll be
accused

of making both his friends and
foes quite ill.

In case you are by men like him
confused,

don’t worry—though I hope
Iranians will.gwhepner@yahoo.com

You liberal Socialist types certainly like to play it up . Bibi in real not the mug shots is so muchmore honest looking than every on at vanity fair .

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