The End of the Netanyahu Era? Not Quite Yet

The glue that holds the anti-Netanyahu bloc together is a fundamental rejection of the prime minister. In the next week or so, we’ll see if that's enough

Alon Pinkas
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You have to feel for President Reuven Rivlin, a quintessential democrat, an old school gentleman and a mensch for all seasons. He thought he’d seen it all, yet nothing prepared him to task a politician with forming a government for the seventh time in as many years.

More than anyone, Rivlin knows this ain’t over and that Netanyahu’s rivals should curb their enthusiasm and pace their hyperventilation. This ain’t over not because an athletically sturdy woman (you can’t say “fat” in Israel) has yet to sing, but because this is Benjamin Netanyahu he’s dealing with. And while Mr. Netanyahu’s abilities and talents to build are questionable to some, his innovation, persistence and stamina to disrupt and destroy are second to none. This is what he will try and do to Yair Lapid in the upcoming days.

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