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Lapid Is About to Become Israel's PM, and the Entire Mideast Is Watching

Lapid will likely seek to avoid pointless military escalation, and may rely on experienced brass until the election. He may even make a left-wing overture and meet the Palestinian president

Amos Harel
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Amos Harel

The decision to dismantle the government, and in its wake the imminent dissolution of the Knesset, place Israel on the threshold of a new stage. The nub is not only the lack of clarity that a fifth election campaign within three and a half years brings with it – and the suffering here is primarily that of the country’s citizens, not of the political correspondents – but another complication in Israel’s strategic situation. If the outgoing prime minister possessed limited diplomatic experience and came from a small party, and led a narrow, conflicted coalition, he will now be succeeded by an equally untried prime minister whose powers will be clipped by dint of the fact that he will be leading a transition government.

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