A pale shadow of Ben-Gurion

Netanyahu has a flawed assessment of reality and cautiously avoids momentous decisions at every turn

By ASHER SUSSER
January 21, 2016 12:56
4 minute read.
Altalena

The shelling of the Altalena. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
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BENJAMIN NETANYAHU likes to compare himself to Winston Churchill and he aspires to outdo David Ben-Gurion as Israel’s longest serving prime minister.

Unfortunately, Netanyahu is neither a Churchill nor a Ben-Gurion. He is a good speaker, possibly as good in his way as Churchill was. Churchill’s true greatness, however, was not in speechmaking but in his acute perception of reality and his ability to make momentous decisions accordingly.

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