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Israel Election Results: How Netanyahu Lost, and Why He Might Still Win

Netanyahu's plans for winning Israel's election failed, despite a whole year of a brilliant campaign. But that doesn't mean he's lost the war

Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer
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Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer

The final results in the election for the 24th Knesset are in and their bottom line is that Benjamin Netanyahu lost. He defined victory as a Knesset majority made up of five parties – Likud, Shas, United Torah Judaism, Religious Zionism and Yamina, even though Yamina’s Naftali Bennett refused to commit to joining in advance – and he failed to achieve even that low bar. The five parties of the notional “Netanyahu bloc” now total 59 seats, two short of a majority.

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