Unclear foreign policy direction; Lapid’s party surges.
Tel Aviv — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu almost certainly will remain in his post but he suffered a painful blow at the ballot box on Tuesday, after exit polls suggested that his Likud Party lost about a quarter of its seats in parliament, leaving him the weakened leader of a potentially fractious government.
With call for new elections, high prices, ‘social equality’ could define campaign.
Jerusalem — The Aroma Café in the Germany Colony was pretty full on Tuesday night at 8, but virtually no one appeared to be giving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s televised announcement about early elections the slightest bit of attention.
Of those within earshot, one young woman was focused on her cell phone messages while another 20-something applied green highlighter to an academic paper.