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It’s less than a month to Israel’s election, so maybe it’s time to play the game “How Binyamin Netanyahu Loses.” In July, he surpassed David Ben-Gurion to become Israel’s longest-serving prime minister. After September 17, it could be all over. Well, could it?
Elections are always unpredictable, and all the more so in Israel. As Golda Meir famously once quipped to American President Richard Nixon, “You are the president of 150 million Americans; I am the prime minister of six million prime ministers.”
Israeli politics has never felt so boring. A mere five months after electing their lawmakers, Israeli voters will be returning to the same polling stations where they will again face pretty much the same political candidates contesting the same political issues
Responsible for improved relations with Israel, India's PM Narendra Modi has just been elected for a second term. Israel should expect continued cooperation, especially in the fields of technology, agriculture, weaponry and counter-terrorism efforts.
The re-election of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been described by some of his critics as a blow to democracy, or as evidence of Israel’s progression towards becoming an ‘illiberal democracy’.
With all the excitement about Australia being in the Eurovision grand final, it’s worth recalling that last May, Lee Rhiannon, a Greens senator at the time, pressured then SBS managing director Michael Ebeid to drop its broadcast because it would be held in Tel Aviv and therefore “could impact on Palestinians”.