Call him a crook, call him a warmonger, but who other than Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could boast two successful summits with both US and Russian presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, all within two weeks of the Israeli elections?
His immediate motives are clear, but there is something beyond his obviously shrewd use of diplomacy for electoral gain. There are greater strategic implications of such high-powered statesmanship.
So how did a politically challenged, corruption-ridden leader of a tiny state get the world superpowers to do his bidding and on his schedule?
The answer lies in a three-way bromance that has been blossoming for some time, and could potentially shape the Middle East for years to come.
The ‘chess master’
It all began with a meeting at Trump Tower in late September, 2016.
Netanyahu, who was in New York City for the annual UN summit, dropped in for an introductory meeting