Israel's New, Post-election Agenda: First the ultra-Orthodox, Then Iran

Now that the votes are mostly in, a strike on Iran looks less likely, while conscription for Haredim seems closer than ever.

In the past decades, the general understanding on the political scene was that Israeli elections are determined, above all, by voters’ sense of personal security. Apparently, however, the 2013 elections are different. Four years of relative calm did not help Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Neither did his implied threats that the Iranian bomb is approaching and the Arab Spring is out there raging.