Netanyahu’s Second Year: Farce and Tragedy

Netanyahu’s Second Year: Farce and Tragedy

In a well-known comment on Napoleon III, Karl Marx wrote that historical figures and events do indeed repeat themselves—“the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.” This witticism seems particularly apt here in Jerusalem, where we are now well over a year into the government of Binyamin Netanyahu, the would-be heir to Vladimir Jabotinsky. Farcical is the adjective that best describes the series of blunders (“unforced errors” in tennis terminology) committed by this man, whose every word and gesture signal supreme self-confidence, the will to command.

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