Likud-Zionist Union pact could ease tensions with U.S., but such a coalition is unclear.
S hould Israel’s two major parties decide to form a unity government following Tuesday’s election that saw neither party deliver a knockout blow, it could help heel tensions with the Obama administration and members of Congress, according to political observers.
Two competing visions emerged from the polls on Tuesday in Israel’s national parliamentary elections. One was about Us vs. Them, with an emphasis on fear of Them — whether Them was Iran, the Palestinians, Israel Arabs or the Israeli Left. That was the increasingly strident narrative of Prime Minister Netanyahu and it seemed to be effective as his Likud Party came from behind in the last few days of the campaign to tie or perhaps exceed the Zionist Union’s Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni.
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.