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Invisible Kahol Lavan

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The 21st Knesset is due to be sworn in on Tuesday. At an orientation day held for the 49 new MKs yesterday, Kahol Lavan chairman Benny Gantz, his party leadership colleague Gabi Ashkenazi and Labor Party chairman Avi Gabbay, were conspicuously absent. Their absence may be a trivial matter, but it dovetails with the thunderous silence that has enveloped the opposition since the election three weeks ago.

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The incoming opposition has all the conditions necessary to “make the government’s life miserable,” as one of its leaders, Yair Lapid, has promised. The 35 MKs from Kahol Lavan, if they cooperate with the rest of the opposition, could be an effective fighting opposition if they choose to be. But their struggle must consist of more than just parliamentary activism. The opposition must mobilize public opinion against the right’s........

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