Analysis For Once, Israel’s Local Elections Matter to Netanyahu and National Politics

Long-standing incumbents in some of Israel’s biggest cities could be ousted Tuesday, with the ultra-Orthodox bloc divided and Likudniks going against the wishes of their leader. Is it the shape of things to come in 2019?

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Tuesday’s local elections are not Israel’s version of the midterms. They are not even similar to local and regional elections in most Western democracies, where the national parties can use the results as a...