Bibi on cover of Time Magazine

Time Magazine puts Netanyahu on new cover

The cover of the newest issue of Time Magazine features Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with the title reading “King Bibi” and the caption reading “He conquered Israel, but will Netanyahu now make peace—or war?”

Time Managing Editor Richard Stengel writes in the cover story that Netanyahu “is poised to become the longest-serving Israeli Prime Minister since David Ben-Gurion…His approval rating, roughly 50 percent, is at an all-time high…Like his father, he has an almost mystical belief in the abiding power of anti-Semitism, as though it were more biological than cultural…The question is whether he is a prisoner of that history or he can write a new narrative.”

The 5,000-word profile will appear in the May 28 issue of the magazine, and doesn’t answer the cover’s question directly. The story does, however, address Netanyahu’s acute fear of a nuclear Iran and his skepticism regarding negotiations with Palestinian leadership. “Bibi would like to be a hero, but he will not be one at the expense of Israel’s security,” Stengel writes.

—JointMedia News Service

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