Netanyahu’s partisan streak has paid off, but for how long?
JERUSALEM (AP) — Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to bar two Democratic congresswomen from a West Bank visit at the request of President Donald Trump is in the eyes of his critics the latest reckless gamble by a prime minister willing to sacrifice Israel’s national interests for short-term gain.
The move infuriated Democrats and risked turning Israel into even more of a partisan issue at a time when Americans are fiercely divided.
Israeli analysts said Netanyahu had blatantly disregarded a bedrock principle of Israeli foreign policy — that it remain above America’s partisan fray.
Yet the pursuit of such allegedly short-sighted policies has kept Netanyahu — who seeks an unprecedented fourth term in next month’s elections — and his Likud in power for more than a decade, making him the longest-serving leader in Israel’s history.