Israel Political Brief May 18, 2012: TIME Magazine devotes its cover story this week to PM Binyamin Netanyahu, named “King Bibi”

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TIME Devotes Cover Story to ‘King Bibi’

TIME Magazine devotes its cover story this week to PM Binyamin Netanyahu, who is named “King Bibi”.

TIME Magazine devoted its cover story this week to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who was named “King Bibi”, in a play on the name of famous blues artist B.B. King.

The article was written by TIME’s managing editor Richard Stengel and it profiles Israel’s Prime Minister, explaining why he is “the King of Israel”.

“Netanyahu is poised to become the longest-serving Israeli Prime Minister since David Ben-Gurion, the founding father of Israel,” writes Stengel. “He has no national rival. His approval rating, roughly 50%, is at an all-time high. At a moment when incumbents around the world are being shunted aside, he is triumphant.”

Stengel adds that Netanyahu is standing on history’s cusp and adds, “The question is whether he is a prisoner of that history or he can write a new narrative.”

“Like his father,” writes Stengel, “he sees Jewish history as a succession of holocausts. Like his father, he has an almost mystical belief in the abiding power of anti-Semitism, as though it were more biological than cultural.”

Stengel wonders whether Netanyahu will choose to make historical decisions, on both Iran and the peace process, now that he has a surer command over the Knesset with the unity deal that brought Kadima into the government.

He notes that Netanyahu has “…a governing coalition that will not leak or collapse if he opens negotiations [with the Palestinian Authority]. He will no longer have to look over his shoulder. He will not have to call elections at the drop of a hat. He has not had that before, and it gives him room to maneuver and room to compromise. ‘Now he is the emperor … he can do anything,’ [PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas] said last week. ‘If I were him, I would do it now, now, now.’”

Netanyahu himself, who is currently on a visit to the Czech Republic, addressed the TIME cover in a press conference on Thursday and said, “Israel is a democracy and not a monarchy, and I do not forget that for even a moment.”

In April, TIME named Netanyahu one of the 100 most influential people in the world….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 17, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Featured on Time Magazine’s Cover as “King Bibi” Why Bibi Netanyahu Is King of Israel — Richard Stengel’s Unflattering Cover Story

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Time Magazine Cover Features “King Bibi”

Lead story of May 28 issue devoted to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Source: Shalom Life, 5-17-12

Time Magazine’s lead story in its upcoming May 28 issue will profile Benjamin Netanyahu, as the Israeli Prime Minister is featured on the front cover of the publication under the headline, “King Bibi.”

Written by Time Managing Editor Richard Stengel, the article, titled, “Bibi’s Choice,” explores the difficult decisions that Netanyahu will have to make in his efforts to secure the future of Israel, according to Ynet.

Underneath the front page headline, a subheading reads, “He’s conquered Israel, but will Netanyahu now make peace – or war?”

To be a historic figure, one must make history,” writes Stengel.

“Now we will find out what the king really believes. Is he a statesman or a pol, a builder or a general, the Israeli leader who can finally make peace with the Palestinians or the one who launches a potentially disastrous unilateral attack on Iran.”

Stengel states that Netanyahu “is poised to become the longest-serving Israeli Prime Minister since David Ben-Gurion, the founding father of Israel. He has no national rival. His approval rating, roughly 50 per cent, is at an all-time high.”

The eight-page, approximately 5,000-word article discusses the Iranian nuclear program and Netanyahu’s skeptical attitude toward the Palestinian leadership’s readiness to enter peace negotiations, according to The Times of Israel….READ MORE

‘King Bibi’ featured on cover of Time Magazine

Renowned publication devotes lead story to prime minister; cover subheading says ‘He’s conquered Israel, but will Netanyahu now make peace – or war?’

Source: YNet News, 5-17-12

Time Magazine devoted its lead story to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is featured on the cover of the renowned publication, under the heading “King Bibi.”

Underneath the heading, in the article, titled “Bibi’s choice,” author Richard Stengel describes Netanyahu’s unshakable political stature, writing that he “is poised to become the longest-serving Israeli Prime Minister since David Ben-Gurion, the founding father of Israel. He has no national rival. His approval rating, roughly 50%, is at an all-time high.”

However, Stengel notes that the prime minister will be facing difficult decisions in his efforts to secure the future of Israel.

“To be a historic figure, one must make history. Now we will find out what the king really believes. Is he a statesman or a pol, a builder or a general, the Israeli leader who can finally make peace with the Palestinians or the one who launches a potentially disastrous unilateral attack on Iran?”

 

 

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Netanyahu on cover of Time

In the magazine’s online blog, which describes the article at length, Netanyahu is described as a controversial prime minister, whose latest move –forming a wide parliamentary coalition with Kadima party – is testimony to his political shrewdness….READ MORE

Time Cover Story: Why Bibi Netanyahu Is King of Israel

Source: Time, 5-17-12

TIME’s cover story this week, written by TIME managing editor Richard Stengel, profiles Israel’s controversial Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. This past month has seen Netanyahu—referred to almost ubiquitously by his nickname Bibi—cannily consolidate power, brokering a coalition that pairs his Likud party and other right-wing allies with the more centrist Kadima.

The deal deflects calls for fresh elections and gives him a virtual lock on Israel’s top job going forward.

As Stengel puts it:

Netanyahu is poised to become the longest-serving Israeli Prime Minister since David Ben-Gurion, the founding father of Israel. He has no national rival. His approval rating, roughly 50%, is at an all-time high. At a moment when incumbents around the world are being shunted aside, he is triumphant….READ MORE

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