January 22, 2013

Netanyahu May Win, But Won't Be 'King Bibi'

Michael Koplow, The Atlantic

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The most notable and most remarkable feature of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's current stint atop the government has been that it has lasted this long. Since Yitzhak Shamir's five-and-a-half-year term in office ended with his defeat in July 1992, only Ariel Sharon has served a longer uninterrupted stint as prime minister than Netanyahu. More incredibly, Netanyahu has been prime minister for nearly four years without an intervening election. In contrast, both Shamir and Sharon were re-elected twice during their terms. In fact, in Israeli history only Menachem Begin served a longer stint between elections than has Netanyahu. In some way, the widely mocked "King Bibi" moniker is actually well-deserved.

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