Benjamin Netanyahu shook the stunt with his phone for another election in a season – and – rolled snake eyes.
Even with a decade in resistance against 1999, since 2009 the guy called’Bibi’ has reigned supreme.
Many voices from the Israeli press are at the end of the Netanyahu age, following his desperate bet to secure a majority in the Knesset backfired. The most recent polls have his Likud party attached, yet more, on chairs with all the Blue and White celebration headed by Benny Gantz.
Well, it’s not yet apparent whether Israeli President Reuven Rivlin will inquire either Netanyahu or even Gantz to cobble together a coalition of 61 Members of the Knesset to make a government.
However, what is in no doubt is it will involve the wheel in Israeli politics, Avigdor Lieberman.
The leader of this right-wing Yisrael Beytenu celebration, Lieberman was the ally of Netanyahu but is now his most outspoken critic.
He’s been known as a kingmaker in recent months, however, says Hugh Lovatt, in the European Council of Foreign Relations, it’s more inclined to see him as a match-maker, bringing Likud and Blue and White to a coalition that would, paradoxically, reevaluate the need for his support.
“Finally he can be a warrior slayer — since the individual responsible for ousting Netanyahu in electricity,” Lovatt states.
Israelis — and anybody with a casual interest in Israeli politics — will probably be forgiven for feeling they’ve been before. Though Gantz is the stiffest resistance Netanyahu has faced in a long time, the only real way Bibi has remained in power provided that would be by bringing together shaky coalitions of right-wing parties for Likud into 61 seats.
And while Gantz is not the same face near the summit of Israeli politics, both men don’t differ radically on foreign policy. Nevertheless, European leaders may expect that the conclusion of Bibi could imply advancement for discussions with the Palestinians, where Netanyahu has alternated between ambivalence and intransigence within the last ten years.
“Undoubtedly European countries will breathe a sigh of relief and hope to get a reset in relationships with Israel if Netanyahu is ousted,” Lovatt states.
Bibi has denied each the numerous allegations made against him in recent months and years but is expected to confront a pre-trial hearing after this season. Gantz, along with his allies has struck the prime minister severe on graft, dubbing one effort”Make Israel Regular Again.”
Another difference this season has been a growth in Arab-Israeli voter turnout, together with all the Joint Arab List probably to shoot as many as 12 chairs. Palestinian citizens of Israel — that constitute a fifth of their population — have fought with low turnout, but now face the possibility of entering the Knesset because of the official opposition if a unity government is formed.
An official outcome in Israeli is hours perhaps days off — without Lieberman’s service it isn’t easy to learn how Netanyahu will make the numbers work. At Wednesday night, Likud was on 31 chairs and Blue and White 32, together with 90 percent of votes counted.
One thing is for sure: Netanyahu will struggle hard to get a historic fifth semester, not because losing electricity also involves losing the judicially protected harbor of the top office. As an average citizen, Bibi will no longer gain from parliamentary immunity and may face even more scrutiny over his financial affairs and his activities while in office.
In that, this isn’t only a political, but an existential conflict for Benjamin Netanyahu.