Israeli Elections Reflect Strength of Its Democracy

(New York Times) Bret Stephens - Israel has had five elections since 2019, a function of an evenly split electorate and unstable coalition politics. It has returned Benjamin Netanyahu for his third turn as prime minister. Israelis are tired of going to the polls, though 71% of the electorate still turned up to vote last week. And unlike in the U.S., pretty much everyone accepts the official results. None of this suggests a fading democracy. Netanyahu's views on the Palestinians reflect a resigned Israeli consensus: Peace will come when a future generation of Palestinian leaders - not the theocrats of Hamas or the kleptocrats of Fatah - abandon their dreams of destroying the Jewish state. Until then, Israel will accept an unhappy status quo as the best of bad alternatives.

2022-11-10 00:00:00

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