Likud has gone down one seat per election cycle and will lose again.
The Israeli voters are very clear:
Netanyahu is OK but needs to work out a deal with Lieberman
Blue and White is OK too but must work out a deal with the Likud
Wanted: a broad centrist government without all the extremists
Meanwhile, we’re doing fine with our outgoing lame-duck administration.
After such a cabinet is formed, the stock market will jump and the peace process will die once more since there is no majority that believes a safe peace is possible without first ending hatred for Jews in the region.
Women and Children First: Bibi
An unrelated election event: It is just silly, how the Israeli PM is made fun of by the left and the right for letting him be brought to safety when rockets threatened him during a speech. What was he supposed to do?
Former PM Yitzchak Rabin refused to listen to the secret service recommendation to put on a bullet-proof vest. That doesn’t make his murder suicide (the real murderer rots in jail) but it’s nevertheless irresponsible. Be a hero while surviving, rather than dying for the cause.
You also can’t say that Bibi was wrong for being brought to safety while “most of his audience was left unprotected.” It wasn’t like being on a ship in the middle of the ocean, going down and the captain refusing to die with the passengers. The chance of getting hit was incredibly small. We all can take such a chance but not our political leader. Opponents who talk differently aren’t fit for leadership or they’re just opportunists, trying to manipulate voters. The second possibility is normal in politics.