Israel’s Elections Consolidate a Steady Shift to the Far Right

Israel’s Elections Consolidate a Steady Shift to the Far Right
Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to his supporters after the first exit poll results for Israel’s elections were announced, Jerusalem, Israel, Nov. 2, 2022 (AP photo by Oren Ziv).

Israeli voters went to the polls for the fifth time since 2019 on Tuesday, in elections that many expected to deliver the same kind of “Groundhog Day” outcome of indecisive deadlock that characterized the previous four ballots. Instead, former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secured a stunning political comeback, overcoming his legal jeopardy stemming from corruption trials and a toxic personal brand that had splintered the Israeli right to win an outright majority. For the past three years, opposition to Netanyahu had driven the formation of an “anyone but Bibi” coalition among political factions that otherwise had little to nothing in […]

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