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Netanyahu Won the Referendum

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There was one major question the voters grappled with: Netanyahu, for or against? Despite three indictments, despite the hell that residents’ lives in a considerable part of the Negev has become, despite the young couples’ futile outcry for affordable housing, he succeeded in doing what no one else in Israel could have done: He preserved his political power – among the people, in his party and in the bloc of parties comprising his coalition.

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In addition to the media, some law enforcement agencies, including prominent ones dubbed “gatekeepers,” joined Netanyahu’s political rivals. They leaked incriminating material and gossip about him, his wife, his relatives and his acquaintances. It did no good. Despite all this, almost half of the people in Israel want him as prime minister. They trust him and turn a blind eye to all his sins, weaknesses and failures.

The leaders of the right-wing parties ignore everything he did to them and what they know about him –........

© Haaretz