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Zev Chafets

Bibi Netanyahu Can Name His Team and His Price

Israel’s prime minister won enough support to form a government. His opponent, Benny Gantz, may even be part of it. 

Not going anywhere.

Not going anywhere.

Photographer: Kobi Wolf/Bloomberg

The ballots were still being counted around midnight when “Blue and White” leader Benny Gantz took the stage at a party rally and proclaimed victory in the 2019 Israeli election.

The crowd greeted him with wild cheers. It was the sound of people so desperate to break Bibi Netanyahu’s decade-long winning streak that they were willing to rejoice over an illusion.