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Benjamin Netanyahu

Author: Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations
April 21, 2011
Time Magazine


Nobody calls Benjamin Netanyahu Benjamin. Now in his second stint as Israel's Prime Minister, he is Bibi; as with Bono, a single name suffices. His challenges, likewise, are singular. Israel is an economic success; its citizens feel relatively safe behind a security wall. But it is increasingly isolated. Most of the world views Israel as the principal obstacle to Middle East peace. Momentum is mounting in the U.N. to declare a Palestinian state this fall. Many Israelis fear the terms and consequences.

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