Netanyahu: The Figures Who Formed Him, and the Duties of Jewish Leadership

A new interview, published in English here for the first time, reveals the political tradition at work in the Israeli leader’s thinking.

Benjamin Netanyahu by a portrait of Theodor Herzl on May 2, 2018. ABIR SULTAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images.

Benjamin Netanyahu by a portrait of Theodor Herzl on May 2, 2018. ABIR SULTAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images.

Observation
Dec. 21 2021
About the authors

Benjamin Netanyahu is the Knesset’s leader of the opposition. He served as the prime minister of Israel from 1996 to 1999, and from 2009 to 2021

Gadi Taub is a historian, novelist, political commentator, and screenwriter. He is a senior lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Neil Rogachevsky teaches at the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University.

The following interview with the former Israeli prime minister was conducted by Gadi Taub as the 100th episode of his Hebrew-language podcast Shomer Saf. The original can be viewed here. Courtesy of Rotem Sella and Sella Meir Publishing, Mosaic is pleased to present to its readers an exclusive English-language translation of the interview, done by Avi Woolf and Neil Rogachevsky. The transcript has been lightly edited for content and clarity. An introduction by Neil Rogachevsky precedes Taub’s interview.

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