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Maybe, Just Maybe, the Age of Netanyahu Has Come to an End

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The unimaginable may have happened in tonight’s Israeli elections. Based on initial exit polls, the age of Benjamin Netanyahu may have come to an end. If exit polls are to be trusted, Benny Gantz may end up getting first crack at setting up a new government. Israel stood at the edge of a religious-nationalist abyss and, at the very last moment, took a step back.

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A note of caution is nonetheless in order. On more than one occasion in the past, Israel has gone to sleep with one election winner, only to wake up to another. Based on experience, the exit polls tend to favor the left at the expense of the right. Based on the results, it doesn’t take all that much for Netanyahu’s currently perceived defeat to turn into the sweetest of victories.

Having said that, all three exit polls conducted by the main television networks were unanimous: Netanyahu failed to achieve his coveted 61 member majority and his........

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