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Netanyahu May Finally Be Down for the Count

RAMAT GAN, ISRAEL - MARCH 04:  Israel's Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech during the launch of the Likud party election campaign on March 4, 2019 in Ramat Gan, Israel.  (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)
RAMAT GAN, ISRAEL - MARCH 04: Israel's Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech during the launch of the Likud party election campaign on March 4, 2019 in Ramat Gan, Israel. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)
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March 26, 2021 4:01 p.m.

The final results of the fourth successive Israeli election are now in and the verdict is clear: Netanyahu lost. Or to put the matter more precisely, the results make it almost impossible for him to form a government. His bloc, which includes his Likud party and a group of far-right and religious parties, gained 52 seats. You need a minimum of 61 to form a government. Another natural ideological ally, the Yamina party led by an erstwhile Netanyahu lieutenant named Naftali Bennett, has resisted sitting in yet another Netanyahu government. But at the end of the day they probably would. But even that’s only 59 seats, two short of the bare minimum to form a government.

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