'Putting lipstick on a pig': Why Washington is fawning over Israel's new government | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

'Putting lipstick on a pig': Why Washington is fawning over Israel's new government

When former US President Barack Obama used an old cliché to denigrate his political opponent, the late US Senator John McCain, he triggered a political controversy lasting several days. "You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig," said Obama at a campaign event in 2008. The maxim indicates that superficial changes have no bearings on outcomes and that modifying our facade does not alter who we really are.

American politicians are authority on the subject. They are experts on artificial, rhetorical, and, ultimately, shallow change. And now, once again, Washington's political make-up artists are getting to work on the public face of Israel.

Since the dramatic ousting of his former mentor, Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is being presented as the alternative to Netanyahu's right-wing, chauvinistic and rowdy political style. However, it will take more than a bit of lipstick to make this believable.

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