LISTEN: Bibi Limps to Election ‘Victory.’ But He Didn’t Win

Israel election results: Despite heading the largest party in the Knesset, Netanyahu doesn't have the numbers to put together a coalition - and could even be prevented from trying to do so. LISTEN FREE

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Volunteers count votes for the March 2020 Israeli general election.
Volunteers count votes for the March 2020 Israeli general election.Credit: Amir Levy
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Two days after Israel’s three-peat election, and with 99.8 percent of the votes counted, Israel appears no closer to a functioning government than it was when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dissolved the Knesset in December 2018.

Likud is the largest party, but does not have enough seats in parliament to ensure that Netanyahu is reaffirmed as prime minister.

Bibi limps to election 'victory.' But he didn't win

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Meanwhile, Netanyahu is facing a dual legal challenge: a corruption trial is due to open in Jerusalem in less than two weeks and there’s a big question over whether President Reuven Rivlin can legally ask Bibi to form the next government, given that he’s already been indicted.

Elsewhere, the predominantly Arab Joint List party is celebrating, after winning an unprecedented 15 seats. We discuss where these votes came from and to what extent the surge was a response to anti-Arab sentiments by both the major parties.

We also take a brief look at Super Tuesday in the United States and ask which Democratic candidate Netanyahu would most like to see go up against President Trump in November.

Joining host Simon Spungin for a confusion-busting episode of Haaretz Weekly are Noa Landau, Anshel Pfeffer, Judy Maltz and Allison Kaplan Sommer.

Full election coverage.