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Netanyahu Has Edge in Race, but Lapid Has Proven He Can Beat Him

Yair Lapid has the advantage of going to the polls as Israel's PM and the man who finally ended Netanyahu's long rule. Forming a new coalition, however, remains an uphill battle

Anshel Pfeffer
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Naftali Bennett knew already on Monday morning that by the evening he would be Israel’s outgoing and shortest-serving prime minister. His former loyalist Nir Orbach had made it clear to him that he would be joining the opposition in dissolving the Knesset next week. Bennett called Yair Lapid and they decided to preempt Orbach and the opposition.

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