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The Rules for a Unity Government

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If, as the latest polls suggest, neither of the two main blocs wins a clear victory in the November 1 election, the back-burner conversation regarding a possible unity government will gain new relevancy. A few of the parties have already entered the discussion, and President Isaac Herzog has spoken of the need for unity in order to end the political stalemate and forestall yet another election, and above all in order to repair the “rift in the nation.”

The legal woes of Likud chair and opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu have exacerbated the polarization and the rift. He and his supporters believe that he can and should serve as prime minister despite the corruption charges against him, and they continue to advance laws that would improve his legal situation. His opponents are divided between those who see this as a moral and practical failing and those who have a personal bone to pick with him – also connected indirectly to his legal situation, because from Netanyahu’s perspective, if you’re not working for him and with him, you’re the enemy.

The proponents of a unity government are........

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