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Netanyahu Lost the Vote to End His Government, but Scored a Major Victory

Netanyahu just ensured the political demise of the politician who actually won Wednesday’s preliminary vote to dissolve the Knesset, Benny Gantz

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Benjamin Netanyahu didn’t look like someone who’d just lost a vote that could potentially bring down his fifth government, only seven and a half months since its inauguration. His face on Wednesday couldn’t be seen behind a black face mask, but his gait was energetic and self-satisfied.

The dissolution measure he had just voted against may have passed, and is likely to launch an election campaign at a less than advantageous time for him. But he can worry about that in a few weeks, if the dissolution passes its final readings. For the time being, he had enough to celebrate. He has finally ensured the political demise of the man sitting beside him during the vote, Benny Gantz.