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Israel Election Results: The Quiet Base That Saved Israel From Netanyahu

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The true base went to bed drained and exhausted on election night and woke up a bit confused the next day. It didn’t open bottles of champagne or celebrate in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square. It wondered whether it was even allowed to rejoice and if there was anything to rejoice about.

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That’s what it’s like when you’re fighting for your home. There are no cheers of victory when you’re defending your very existence. There weren’t any in Stalingrad, or in Negba during the War of Independence, or during the holding actions of the Yom Kippur War in 1973.

The true base didn’t even know it was a base. It has a poor self-image and a lot of self-criticism, some of which is justified. It tends to waste its energy, has trouble unifying its ranks, usually acts depressed and almost completely lacks the consciousness of a political bloc. Nevertheless, it is a bloc. It’s the bloc that has opposed Benjamin Netanyahu and the right-wing, religious, nationalist government he has represented since 2009.

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