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By: PFEFFER, Anshel
How does Benjamin Netanyahu do it?
Improbably, the man who has defied the White House and the international community is now in his fourth term in office and is on his way to becoming Israel's longest-serving prime minister.
Despite widespread resentment at home and abroad, Netanyahu has persevered, rebounding from political defeats and personal setbacks. Revile him or revere him, he is a dominant figure on the international stage, a force to be reckoned with and understood.
Netanyahu's story has its roots in his father Benzion, the stern historian with impossible expectations of his sons, a childhood in Jerusalem, adolescence and early adulthood in the United States and the death at Entebbe of his elder brother. His initial success as a dashing diplomat and political rising star was soon overshadowed by scandal and a bungled first term as Israel's youngest prime minister.
After a decade in which his path back to power was blocked, Netanyahu has now won three straight elections, despite the efforts of adversaries at home and abroad, most recently including Barack Obama.
Abhorred by many and admired by few, he endures. As modern Israel approaches the seventieth anniversary of its birth, he not only directs his nation but, perhaps more than anyone else, expresses the contemporary Jewish narrative.
This is the first biography of Benjamin Netanyahu written for an international audience. It collects the threads of his tumultuous personal life, controversial public career and struggle to establish and maintain his role as the Jewish state's leader and master of its destiny. It is told with an insider's knowledge of Israel's national psyche, by a renowned journalist who has spent his career explaining the world to Israelis and interpreting Israel for a global readership.
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