The myth of the ‘right-wing’ Netanyahu

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February 4, 2013 13:37

He’s not right-wing in his views, instincts or location on the political map. So how is he right-wing?




PM Binyamin Netanyahu accepts President Peres' invitation to form next government, February 2, 2013.

Netanyahu accepts role of PM from Peres 370. (photo credit: Koby Gideon/GPO)

If there’s one myth the recent election should definitively lay to rest (but undoubtedly won’t), it’s that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is “hardline” or “right-wing.”

In truth, his stated positions have long been to the left of those espoused by the Left’s idol, Yitzhak Rabin. For instance, Netanyahu endorses a Palestinian state; Rabin envisioned an “entity which is less than a state.” Netanyahu also imposed Israel’s first-ever freeze on settlement construction in 2009; Rabin vowed “not to hinder building for natural growth” in the settlements.

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