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Israel Election Results: Netanyahu Will Pull Out All the Stops — Including Military Action — to Hold on to Power

| Sep. 18, 2019

Israelis voted to save their democracy. But the country may soon face a severe constitutional crisis if Netanyahu, facing political failure and criminal prosecution, adopts Nixon-style desperate measures

The final results from Israel's do-over elections are not yet in, but barring entirely unrealistic developments, Benjamin Netanyahu's long reign as king-premier will soon be over.

To be sure, Israel faces a protracted period of ugly coalition machinations, prior to what is the most likely outcome — the formation of a national unity coalition, based on Benny Gantz's Kachol Lavan, Likud and Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beiteinu party, possibly others, as well. The identity of the future premier is less clear — whether Gantz, or a successor to Netanyahu from within the Likud.

Despite the close outcome, the election did produce one clear winner: Israeli democracy.

First of all, the rule of law was upheld....

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For Academic Citation: Freilich, Chuck.“Israel Election Results: Netanyahu Will Pull Out All the Stops — Including Military Action — to Hold on to Power.” Haaretz, September 18, 2019.