Analysis: Revenge and Israel’s coalition crisis

In Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice, Shylock passionately defends his desire to take revenge against those who wronged him.

"If you prick us do we not bleed?" he asks. "If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not take revenge?" In politics, just like there are moments for collegiality, self-sacrifice, and restraint, there are also times when taking revenge can be completely justified. Take Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for example. Throughout his political career, there are those who served under him and felt wronged by him.

Former foreign minister David Levy, former defense minister Yitzhak Mordechai, former finance minister Dan Meridor, former communications minister Moshe Kahlon, and former interior minister Gideon Sa’ar all come to mind immediately, but there are more.


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