The election that was triggered at midnight when the budget deadline expired is once again going to be devoid of matters of policy and principle, and all about Benjamin Netanyahu.
The incumbent prime minister has three aims. His highest priority is to gain a majority in the 24th Knesset that will vote in favor of a law that will grant a serving premier immunity from prosecution. Failing that, he will try to at least get a majority supporting his sixth government. And if that’s not at hand, he will do everything to exploit divisions among the opposition to ensure that no one else can form a government, leaving him the caretaker prime minister until Israel holds its fifth election in two and a half years.