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Netanyahu at the mercy of the politician he loathes most

Over the last few years, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has watched the politician he loathes most — Rightward party leader Ayelet Shaked — become increasingly popular.
Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem January 27, 2019. Abir Sultan/Pool via REUTERS - RC1BC15602A0
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So much has already been written and said about how Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu loathes the chair of the Rightward party, former Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked. But nothing, whether spoken or in writing, has managed to relay the passionate anger that Shaked conjured up in Netanyahu as the way he screamed at former Communications Minister Ayoub Kara when he dared to admit he was cooperating with her.

The “shouting match,” which took place in 2017, was first made public by Channel 13 on Sept. 2. The background for this conversation was a report in the economic paper The Marker that Shaked and Kara were working together on legislation to save right-wing Channel 20. Netanyahu was furious that Shaked was getting credit for this. “Tell me, have you gone mad? ‘Ayoub and Shaked?’ That’s what’s going to save Channel 20?” Netanyahu shouted at a stunned Kara. When Kara tried to explain that he wanted Shaked to pass the law quickly, Netanyahu pounced on him. “Ayoub, have you gone mad? They’re slowing it down. Who’s doing this thing? Who did it? Who initiated it?” Even when Kara responded, “But it’s ours!” Netanyahu refused to calm down. “Excuse me? Shaked, one of ours?” he shot back.

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