Opinion: Independent of specific policies, how Netanyahu has handled party and national leadership is disqualifying. An honorable leader would care more about the mission than himself and step aside for the greater good. 1/
Even w/in his own Likud party, rather than grooming successors to take over, he hobbled any possible challenger and actively impeded the development of potential future leaders. It's hard not to conclude these are the actions of a leader more concerned w/himself than the cause 2/
For comparison, company boards and CEOs who care about the longevity of the corp set up succession plans in advance. And for all the talk about, "King Bibi," even monarchs concern themselves with succession and the future of the nation after they're gone 3/
I am not suggesting that Netanyahu doesn't care deeply about Israel. However, my impression of his recent leadership is that he believes he is above the state and his party, or worse, that he *is* the state and/or his party.

IMO this attitude is dangerous and disqualifying. /fin

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