Israel’s Latest Election Could Realign Its Politics

A woman passes Likud party campaign posters for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the city of Sderot, Israel, March 19, 2021 (AP photo by Tsafrir Abayov).
A woman passes Likud party campaign posters for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the city of Sderot, Israel, March 19, 2021 (AP photo by Tsafrir Abayov).

TEL AVIV, Israel—As the longest-serving prime minister in Israeli history, Benjamin Netanyahu has dominated the country’s politics for over a decade. Despite his ongoing trial on corruption charges, he made a bid for yet another term in last month’s elections. He did not succeed, but neither did any of his rivals, resulting in what the Israeli mainstream media are calling the “imbroglio.” It is the same logjam that triggered the vote: Neither the pro- nor the anti-Netanyahu bloc secured the parliamentary majority needed to form a stable governing coalition. The election also did little to alter Israel’s rightward trajectory on […]

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