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Israel's Snap Election Is a Makeup Exam for Democracy

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Benjamin Netanyahu claims, “The public chose me, but Lieberman deceived the voters.” Avigdor Lieberman claims, “Israel is holding a new election because Likud refused to hold a vote on the conscription bill the way we submitted it.” Netanyahu claims “now Lieberman is part of the left.” Lieberman counters that “the man from [the wealthy town of] Caesarea is accusing a man from [the West Bank settlement] Nokdim of being a leftist.”

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Yair Netanyahu, the prime minister’s son, reveals that Lieberman had demanded the appointment of Yehuda Weinstein as attorney general: “It was his most important coalition demand in 2009.” Lieberman responded that “only a district psychiatrist can explain that version.”

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