Explained Israel Came 'This' Close' to a Snap Election Today, but Crisis Averted - for Now

On Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed poised to plunge the country into a new election in June. Yet by the afternoon, compromise was in the air. So what changed, and what happens now?

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In Israel’s charged political atmosphere, a dizzying game of brinkmanship has been playing out to determine whether a general election would be called in June – a year and a half ahead of schedule.