Netanyahu’s Refusal to Cede Power Made Others Try to Wrest It

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    During his 15 years in office, Benjamin Netanyahu has clung tightly to the levers of power. Now, that unwillingness to cede control may be his undoing.

    The prime minister’s opponents are poised to outflank him by forging an unlikely coalition spanning eight parties and an array of ideologies to force him out. After four inconclusive elections, they say it is evident the 71-year-old Netanyahu and his refusal to contemplate standing aside have kept Israel mired in turmoil.

    Israelis “just want to get rid of Netanyahu more than anything else,” said Ehud Olmert, a former prime minister and Likud leader whose own career was tarnished by corruption charges that landed him in jail. “The very rare and unusual makeup of this government is a testament to the degree of the distaste and sense of rejection of Netanyahu.”

    The self-styled “Defender of Israel” and Likud party leader who came through wars, a pandemic and government crises, could ultimately be ousted by men he once counted as allies. Chief among them is Naftali Bennett, his one-time protégé and former defense minister, who had his own designs on the leadership.

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