The election that wasn’t - Opinion

The election that wasn’t

Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 8:48 am

For a while last week it looked like Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu would call early elections for June, with his coalition partners deadlocked over a bill to exempt haredi Orthodox Israelis from the draft. At the last minute, the crisis was averted.

The winner was Netanyahu, who remains popular even while under investigation for corruption. A symbol of stability — he’s second only to David Ben-Gurion in terms of length of service in the premiership — he again burnished his credentials for his staying power by avoiding an election. Yet polling during the height of election fever showed that if Israel had gone to the polls early, Netanyahu would likely have won then, too.

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