After years of assiduous efforts, the center-left has failed once again to remove Israel’s longest sitting Prime Minister from power.
However, another term for Benjamin Netanyahu is far from guaranteed. After closing the polls and counting all of the votes, the numbers show that neither bloc has a secure 61-seat majority, the minimum needed in order to form a coalition.
The pro-Netanyahu bloc, which includes the Likud, Shas, United Torah Judaism and the Religious Zionism faction amounts to a mere 52 seats. The anti-Netanyahu bloc, including Yesh Atid, Blue and White, Labor, Yisrael Beiteinu, New Hope, the Joint List and Meretz have a total of 57 seats.
This seemingly leaves responsibility for preventing the continuation of an endless cycle of elections on the shoulders of the right-wing Yamina (7 seats) and Ra’am (4 seats), the conservative Islamist party that broke off from the Joint Arab List.
Although the brunt of Naftali Bennett’s (Yamina) election campaign focused on what he defined as Israel’s national interest of replacing the current leadership as well as personal attacks against Netanyahu for his inadequate management...