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Israel's Netanyahu: Taking a Turn Toward Pragmatism?

Israel's Prime Minister is on his way to Washington with a newfound reputation for pragmatism. We'll see

By Tim Mcgirk/Jerusalem Monday, May 18, 2009 Subscriber content preview. or Log-In
Ziv Koren / Polaris

Has the Likud leader mellowed since his first term as Prime Minister ended in tears?

Israel is a nation of worriers. No matter how pleasant the evening, at a certain point, after the jokes and well into the merlot from the Judaean hills, the worrying starts. No doubt, Israelis have plenty to worry about. They live between wars and must contend with Hamas, Hizballah and--the biggest anxiety of all--Iran, whose President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has said Israel should be "wiped off the map."

It was the worry factor that led to the re-election of Benjamin Netanyahu, the leader of the Likud Party, who took over as Prime Minister in March. The vote was begrudging. Netanyahu's first foray...

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