Corrections: October 23, 2013
Because of an editing error, an article on Oct. 12 about the increasing isolation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, especially when it comes to his insistence that Iran completely halt its uranium enrichment program and that there be no halt to the economic sanctions against Iran, described incorrectly the criticisms that many Israelis have voiced about Mr. Netanyahu’s wife, Sara. While her purported temper has been widely faulted, her child-rearing methods have not. (Ms. Netanyahu is a respected child psychologist.)
Now, how isolated is Benjamin Netanyahu?
Well, Jodi Ruderon wrote:
when Mr. Netanyahu has recently tried to focus the world on the Iranian nuclear program, using ancient texts, Holocaust history and a 2011 book by Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, he has sometimes come off sounding shrill...the Israeli leader risks seeming frozen in the past amid a shifting geopolitical landscape... such isolation is hardly new to a man with few personal friends and little faith in allies, who shuns guests for Sabbath meals, who never misses a chance to declare Israel’s intention to defend itself, by itself.
But she admits:
The prime minister’s stance on Iran, his signature issue, though, is popular with the public.
And someone I know, helps Ruderon:
Mitchell Barak, a Jerusalem political consultant who worked for him in the early 1990s and has watched him closely since. “The problem is now he’s lost momentum. His message is clear, his message is the same, the situation is the same, but everyone else’s perspective has changed. It’s like you’re the only one in a dark room with a flashlight.”
Mitch's last job was PR for the Foreign Media for Shimon Peres.
And Jodi's last word:
Critics and admirers alike say it is a Messianic crusade. Mr. Netanyahu is not religious, but he does see himself as a leader of destiny.“We’re here for a purpose — I’m here for a purpose,” he said Thursday night. “Which is to defend the future of the Jewish people, which means to defend the Jewish state. Defending it from a nuclear Iran. “I’m not going to let that happen,” he added. “It’s not going to happen.”
A friend noted:
In fact polls show significant Israeli support for Netanyahu. Mistakes will creep into stories when we report about what we wish were true instead of what really is true.