The prime minister who was on course for an ignominious defeat is now being sent back to the Knesset with an even bigger majority – thanks to a brilliant end-game and his rivals' flawed campaigns.
Elections are all about expectation management, and both Bibi and Bougie can claim a victory.
Incumbent warns supporters of large Arab vote, challenger worries over internal polls.
Even before the polls open, there are clear winners and losers in this political season.
The number of Jews moving from France to Israel is on the rise but not for the reasons you might think – and many French Jews still have no intention of packing their bags. The Cossacks Aren't Coming: A special series on the future of European Jews.
Will the polls hold, which party could surprise, who will be wiped out and will Bibi or Bougie get the nod from President Rivlin to form the next government?
The bizarre rightist rally in Tel Aviv was an act of desperation by four different parties, who are fighting over the same pool of voters.
The prime minister has survived a long list of would-be usurpers.
Voters know normalcy is an illusion, but they want a leader who can give them a few days of peace without talking about constant vigilance and regional deterrence.
PM still has seven days to try and reverse the trends showing a weakening Likud. Here's his game plan.