Hemmed in from all sides

Benjamin Netanyahu’s nightmare scenario of a US-backed international diplomatic initiative against Israel has come true – and now the prime minister is facing serious allegations of corruption.

January 17, 2017 13:25
PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu responds to the speech given in Washington on Wednesday by Secreta

PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu responds to the speech given in Washington on Wednesday by Secretary of State John Kerry.. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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IT WAS a case of the morning after the morning after.

Benjamin Netanyahu woke on November 9 to discover that, after two icy terms opposite Barack Obama and a sometimes-fraught relationship with Bill Clinton, he would finally reach the promised land and get to work with a Republican president. And things got even better as Donald Trump made a series of hard-line nominations for his key national security and foreign policy posts, and to boot designated David Friedman, an Orthodox Jew and staunch supporter of the settlements who has advocated for moving the United States Embassy to Jerusalem, as his ambassador to Israel.


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