Countdown to Israel's Election Garbage Time: The Likud-right-religious Bloc Ahead by a Large Margin

It didn't have to be this way. If Netanyahu and Lieberman hadn't joined forces, or if Yacimovich and Livni had, the election results wouldn't have already been a foregone conclusion.

We wanted so much to believe that the last days before the election would be the most riveting, tempestuous and tense period of the campaign. In short: money time. But what we experienced in the past week brings to mind a different term from pro basketball: garbage time. The long stretch when one team is ahead by a large and irreversible margin, the players skitter listlessly on the court and fans glance at...