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May 17, 2012 10:11 am

TIME Magazine New Cover: “King Bibi”

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Cropped photo of Time Magazine's upcoming cover featuring Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: TIME.

TIME Magazine’s new cover features Israeli Prime Minsiter Benjamin Netanyahu, with the headline “King Bibi” next to the leader’s portrait.

“He’s conquered Israel. But will Netanyahu now make peace-or war?” reads the text at the bottom of the cover.

“Netanyahu is going to be the Israeli prime minister with the longest tenure since David Ben Gurion, Israel’s founding father,” writes Richard Stengel of TIME.

The featured piece examines whether or not Netanyahu will achieve peace with the Palestinians, something that has eluded the Jewish state since its inception in 1948.

“The question is whether he is a prisoner of her history or if he can write a new narrative,” Stengel writes.

The Israeli leader’s military service, sense of history, the death of his brother Yoni during the 1976 raid on Entebbe airport in Uganda, and his father Ben-Zion’s teachings are all examined as the driving forces behind Netanyahu’s policies.

“Like his father he sees Jewish history as a series of survivors after the Holocaust. Like his father , he holds an almost mystical belief in the power set of anti-Semitism, as if it is more cultural than biological,” writes Stengel.

Netanyahu also addressed his relationship with Mitt Romney, which dates back to their time together at Boston Consulting group years ago

“We did not know each other that well. He was the whiz kid. I was just in the back of the room,” the Israeli leader said.

Upcoming cover of Time Magazine. Photo: TIME.

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  • Marilynne L. Mellander

    The real question is: How did a former furniture salesman get where he is today??

    • benshafran

      How did a haberdasher become president of the United States? And a mystically successful one at that! Neither occupation is a disqualification or a reflection of ability!

  • Terry Robinson

    King Obama? King Erdogan? Queen Merkel?King Abbas?
    NEVER! Another cheap shot at Israel’s PM, who has been the only one behaving honorably and reasonably over the past 3 years in bearing the attacks from the Administration, world leaders, the media – you name it – with dignity. Anti-Semitism is defined as treating the Jews by a double standard. Here you have it once again. And we stand by silently, letting it happen. Shame on them and shame on us.

  • The very headline “Bibi’s Choice” demonstrates that Richard Stengel does not understand what is going on. Since according to leading scholars of Islam, Bernard Lewis and Raphael Israeli, who believe that if the Iranian mullahs get nuclear weapons they would use them, it follows that Israel does not have any other choice except destroying the Iranian nuclear facilities before Iran gets the bomb. Except the choice of being incinerated by return of the Mahdi seeking regime to whom the doctrine of mutually assured destruction (MAD) would not be a deterrent but would act as an incentive.

    One of the few western journalist who has fully understood the gravity of the situation and the magnitude of the threat is Charles Krauthammer with his “Echoes of ’67: Israel unites” article in the Washington Post.

    With slight modification resulting from converting a newspaper article into a Statement, Krauthammers’s piece should be read officially (on TV) by Netanhyahu – or possibly the Speaker of the Knesset – as a Declaration to the World:

    Netanyahu forfeited September elections that would have given him four more years in power. He chose instead to form a national coalition that guarantees 18 months of stability — 18 months during which, if the world does not act (whether by diplomacy or otherwise) to stop Iran, Israel will.

    And it will not be the work of one man, one party or one ideological faction. As in 1967, it will be the work of a nation.