ISRAEL: THE MAKING OF BIBI NETANYAHU

NETANYAHU'S FAMILY IS FIERCELY ZIONIST, AND HE WAS AN ISRAELI COMMANDO. BUT THE KEY TO HIM MAY BE THE TIME HE SPENT IN THE U.S.

When Benjamin Netanyahu's grandfather immigrated to Palestine from Lithuania in 1920, he changed his family name to one that means "God's gift." The grandson often seems to take that literally. Israel's new Prime Minister is self-assured; but more than that, he has the air of someone who is pleased with himself, someone who thinks he knows more than those around him--and deserves more. It is visible in his swagger, his smirk, his well-practiced gestures. Only a man with supreme confidence and a generous sense of entitlement could have wrested control of the Likud Party as a relative newcomer. And only a...

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