JERUSALEM – Benjamin Netanyahu’s latest electoral success, winning a fifth term as Israel’s prime minister, is by any measure a remarkable achievement for him and his right-wing Likud party. Serious corruption charges did not seem to diminish his popularity among his base, and his close relations with both U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin obviously enhanced his standing in the country.
Trump clearly helped Netanyahu’s campaign by scrapping decades of American policies. Not only did he withdraw the United States from the Iran nuclear deal, negotiated by his predecessor, Barack Obama; he also moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem and — just a few days before the election — recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
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