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Time to Unite the Left

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Benjamin Netanyahu’s failure to form a right-wing government, which led to the 21st Knesset being dissolved and a snap election called, has provided a unique opportunity for Israel’s democratic camp. It turns out that rather than the outright victory Netanyahu appeared to have won in the April 9 election, the results were really a tie, and this is what prevented him from forming a government.

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The one-time unity of the right-wing bloc, which had been based on ideological similarities and the parties uniting behind the prime minister, has given way to rifts and mutual recriminations. For the first time in a decade of unchallenged right-wing rule, doubts have begun to arise about Netanyahu’s leadership inside his own political base, as the date approaches for his hearings in cases in which he’s suspected of committing bribery, graft and........

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