First Election Takes: Bibi’s Blunders, Lapid’s Luster, Bennett’s Believers and Obama’s Revenge

It ain’t over till it’s over, and it ain’t over yet. Netanyahu must await the final tally of the vote, and then start cobbling together a coalition – which may be a mission impossible.

1. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is, in many ways, the victim of his own success. It is only by virtue of the relative quiet and security in recent years that the Israeli electorate allowed itself to concentrate on social and economic issues instead. The same was true, in many ways, in 1999, when the sharp decrease in terror attacks under Netanyahu’s watch allowed Ehud Barak to attack him from his social and...