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Facing the toughest test of his political career, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for early elections this week, to take place on April 9. Both his party, Likud, and his current coalition partners hold substantial leads in current polling.
Netanyahu’s closest rival might be former Chief of the General Staff, Benny Gantz, who formed a new party on Thursday. Resilience, as it is called, remains ideologically ambiguous, but could hypothetically lead a fractured left bloc with fifteen seats.
Meanwhile, two former ministers in the current government, Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, formed their own party on Friday. The New Right is, in Bennett’s words, “right-wing, no buts and no sort-of’s.”
Ultimately, the Prime Minister’s real opposition is Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, now expected to wait until after the election to announce any possible indictments against Netanyahu. To do otherwise, Likud hopes, would draw parallels to former FBI Director James Comey.
For supporters of the Prime Minister, the choice is an easy one, between the State of Israel and the Deep State. The question is not, as Caroline Glick of The Jerusalem Post opines, whether Mandelblit’s decisions will impact Netanyahu’s ability to win the elections, but how they “will impact Netanyahu’s ability to govern in accordance with the will of the voters.”