ISRAEL: THE PM, AMERICAN-STYLE

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU LOOKS TO THE U.S. PRESIDENTIAL WAY OF GOVERNING. HE HAS TO GOVERN ISRAEL, HOWEVER

When a new president comes into office in the U.S., he invariably promises his Cabinet lots of responsibility and respect, but everyone knows the truth--the President will thoroughly dominate the Administration, and he will treat most of his Cabinet Secretaries like slightly dim distant cousins. In Israel matters have always been different. Ministers there control powerful baronies, and they push hard on the Prime Minister, as do party elders and testy coalition partners. Now Benjamin Netanyahu, who announced his Cabinet last week, is trying to break the old traditions, consolidate power in his own hands and become Israel's first American President-style...

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