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Detoxing From Netanyahu

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To borrow from Charles Dickens, in the future we’ll be able to say about these times: It was the most critical election, it was the most unnecessary election.

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Unnecessary because the official reason for holding the September vote – like the one in April – isn’t the real reason. In both rounds it’s Yisrael Beiteinu chief Avigdor Lieberman who provided the official excuse: his objection to the new bill on drafting yeshiva students into the army. But in both cases an entire country has been dragged to the ballot box because of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s legal situation.

The first election Netanyahu initiated because he was drunk on power, and he was dragged to the second one by his “natural partner” Lieberman, who sensed his weakness and tripped him up. We mustn’t forget that the ultra-Orthodox, the Haredim, gave in to Lieberman’s demands in the coalition talks. “The demands were harsh, but still we agreed,” admitted Arye Dery of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party. Moshe Gafni of United Torah Judaism also claimed that........

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