Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu takes a drink during a luncheon in Sydney, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
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A report severely criticizing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's leadership in the 2014 Gaza war may weaken the self-styled "Mr Security", analysts say.The state inquiry published Tuesday attacked Netanyahu's governing style throughout the war in which 68 Israeli soldiers died, prompting opposition figures to demand his resignation.The report comes as Netanyahu, a man with a reputation as a political survivor in his eighth consecutive year as leader, is seeking to limit potential damage from a series of corruption investigations.The report by state comptroller Yossef Shapira accused Netanyahu and then-defense minister Moshe Yaalon of not fully preparing for the threat of attack tunnels dug by Hamas, the Islamist party that runs Gaza.Opposition leader Isaac Herzog called for Netanyahu to step down in the wake of the report.The person best placed to gain is Education Minister Naftali Bennett, who consistently accused Netanyahu of not sharing information during the war.Mekelberg said he expected Netanyahu to continue to try to brush off the report and corruption allegations.
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