An Election Rerun Shows Why Nothing Is Normal in Israeli Politics Anymore

Former Defense Minister and Yisrael Beiteinu party leader Avigdor Lieberman during a press conference after a second, snap election was called, Tel Aviv, Israel, May 30, 2019 (AP photo by Oded Balilty).
Former Defense Minister and Yisrael Beiteinu party leader Avigdor Lieberman during a press conference after a second, snap election was called, Tel Aviv, Israel, May 30, 2019 (AP photo by Oded Balilty).
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Only one thing is clear in Israel’s suddenly chaotic politics. On July 16, Benjamin Netanyahu will become the longest-serving prime minister in Israeli history. But two months later, he may be on his way out of office. Unprecedented political developments are roiling Israel after Netanyahu was surprisingly unable to form a governing coalition despite another election win in April. A rerun of the vote is set for Sept. 17, and Netanyahu’s fate could look very different by then. It is as intriguing of a domestic political reality as Israel has ever seen, with multiple moving parts and scenarios to contemplate. […]

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