The idea of breathing life into the prospect of direct election of the prime minister had already been brought up by Interior Minister Arye Dery (Shas) in the previous election rounds. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu didn’t go along. He was aiming for a decisive win in each of the second, third and fourth times around. When that didn’t happen, he allowed his close partner – with whom he speaks on the phone for hours every day, and in tense one-on-one meetings – to run with it. To make the vision a reality.