The Day After Netanyahu: An Opportunity for Change or More of the Same?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem, June 24, 2018. Gali Tibbon/Pool via Reuters
July 5, 2018 Topic: Security Region: Middle East Blog Brand: Middle East Watch Tags: IsraelNetanyahuPoliticsWarMilitary

The Day After Netanyahu: An Opportunity for Change or More of the Same?

Israeli politics have become more personalized under the sitting prime minister. Could his eventual departure open the door to new policies?

The present lineup of politicians waiting for Netanyahu’s demise in order to step in and take over is not encouraging. They all have exceptional egos but have yet to demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities. None of them have yet to set out a clear strategic vision in trepidation of political backlash, not exactly the measure of exceptional leadership.

Shimon Arad is a retired Colonel of the Israeli Defense Forces. His writings focus on regional security matters.

Image: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem, June 24, 2018. Gali Tibbon/Pool via Reuters