In Israel, all of the pundits expected Benjamin Netanyahu to come out of their parliamentary elections with a solid victory. It didn’t happen. Many extremist settlers voted for a new party (11 seats) anchored to the right of Bibi, and even more voters abandoned Netanyahu’s party’s candidates for another new party (19 seats) headed by a popular talk show host who promises to be more centrist than Bibi, and who campaigned on the issues of more jobs and more housing.
Nevertheless, Netanyahu will form a new Israeli government but with 30 less seats in the 120 seat Knesset than he thought he would control, so this government will probably be more amenable to negotiations with the Palestinians, less considerate of the ultra-Orthodox and not as dependent on the votes of West Bank settlers to form a governing coalition as was the previous coalition. Is that bad?
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