The politics of Israeli culture

‘If Netanyahu won’t make me a minister,” warned Likud’s Miri Regev back in December, “I will launch a rebellion.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did appoint the outspoken Regev, but Likud’s most powerful woman is rebelling anyhow, proving that even in the marginal Culture Ministry, one can stir money, conviction and ambition, and unsettle the public sphere.

Though hardly a month in her new job, the retired brigadier-general has already scattered commands, quips and threats that have pitted her against much of the artistic community that, as they see it, she is meant to serve.


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