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.

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