Netanyahu Heads for Record Fifth Term

(Spectator-UK) Tom Gross - In the outgoing Knesset the Likud has 30 seats. In the 2019 elections Netanyahu has increased his vote significantly. Why did he do so well? The Israeli economy is thriving; the security situation is generally good (despite ever present concerns) and very few Israelis have died from terrorism compared to past years; and Netanyahu's diplomatic achievements are considerable (he has formed close working relations with the leaders of the U.S., Russia, India, China, Japan and Brazil, among others - including, crucially, several Arab leaders). Israel is the 13th Happiest country in the world, according to the UN World Happiness Report 2019. (By contrast the UK is 15th and the U.S. 19th.) Last month Israel was ranked 10th in the Healthiest Country Index (America is No. 35). Last week the Lancet medical journal found Israelis now enjoy the healthiest diet in the world.

2019-04-12 00:00:00

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