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Haaretz: Farewell to Moshe Arens, the liberal one-state ideologue, by Aluf Benn

Moshe Arens met over the autumn with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who began his career as Arens’ political protégé. Arens told his host excitedly about the taxi driver who had just brought him to their meeting and had remarked, “We have a fantastic country.”

Netanyahu used the driver’s words in his “sourpusses speech” several days later at the opening of the Knesset session, using him as an example of how the majority of the public backed his leadership. Arens had left the meeting less enthusiastic, having just sat with the man who had been his deputy at the embassy in Washington and at the Foreign Ministry. His impression was that Netanyahu had been in office for too long, and that it showed.

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