MembersThe Day After Netanyahu

Does Israel’s upcoming national election mark the beginning of the end for Benjamin Netanyahu’s long premiership?

By Ryan Jones |
Photo: Yonatan Sindel / Flash90

Opposition leaders are currently boasting that they will unseat Israel’s longest-serving prime minister in April, but few Israelis actually believe Netanyahu won’t be tasked with forming the next government.

Still, there are what sound like dire warnings, even from the right, that the next will be Netanyahu’s final term as prime minister of Israel. “The next prime minister will be Netanyahu, and we definitely want to be partners in his coalition,” said current Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked during the “Outlook 2019” conference in Tel Aviv. But, she added that “my prediction is that this will be Netanyahu’s last term,” noting that “he’s not all that young.”

Writing for the Hebrew-language daily Ma’ariv, columnist Meir Uziel urged Israelis to prepare themselves for the day Netanyahu is no longer their leader. “It should be becoming clear to everyone that in another four or five years there will come a day without Bibi,” he wrote, using Netanyahu’s well-known nickname. “We must get used to new leadership.”

Uziel added that Netanyahu himself...

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