Why did PM Netanyahu call this 2013 election early? He already had a hardline right-wing coalition. I think for those who did vote for Yesh Atid, they'd actually preferred a moderate right wing government, otherwise they'd had voted in greater numbers for either Kadima, Hatnuah or Labour, the other centrist parties. In addition, there is no dictate "already" by Yair Lapid with his 3 top agendas. On election night, January 22nd, the PMO issued 5 top agendas: 1) security 2) economy 3) diplomatic peace negotiations towards an agreement with Palestinians 4) increasing burden share 5) reducing cost of living for Israelis. I can't see anyone but PM Netanyahu leading the agenda within the alliance of prodominately right-wingers!
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from the article: Emotional voters vs. rational voters