As Elections Near, the Big Parties Turn on Their Smaller Allies

President Reuven Rivlin has a certain amount of leeway when it comes to deciding who will form the next government. For the time being, Netanyahu is pulling out all the stops, even distancing his pal Naftali Bennett, so as to be that person.

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Immediately after the 2009 election, when the number of seats finalized at 28 for Kadima under Tzipi Livni and 27 for Likud under Benjamin Netanyahu, the right-wing candidate was worried. The president was...