“Before the war, the standard critique of Netanyahu was that he had gutted his government, removed his possible rivals, and replaced them with nobodies and ideologues.” That weakness helped dragged Israel into a nightmare. It also might make it more difficult to unseat Bibi. Why the Most Hated Man in Israel Might Stay in Power. (Many of these stories about BiBi have connections with the moves currently being made by Trump.)

+ He was told his 9-year-old daughter was dead. Now she’s believed to be alive and a hostage in Gaza. While two of their bodies have been recovered near Al-Shifi hospital, the hostage negotiations continue. Be nice to see the kinds of loud demands for their release as we see for a cease-fire. Here’s the latest from CNN, BBC, and Times of Israel.