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Opinion: Israel's election aftermath: The good, the bad and the ugly

April 5, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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An Israeli woman walks past an electoral poster depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and one of his challengers Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid, in Jerusalem on March 22, 2021. (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP) (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images)

The good, the bad and the ugly. Aaron David Miller writes that Israel's fourth election in a little over two years may look like a repeat of the last three on the surface, the results reveal a trend that may have long term consequences in Israeli politics.

A small conservative Islamic party that broke away from the larger Joint Arab List, the United Arab List led by Mansour Abbas has publicly stated its willingness to join either a government headed by Netanyahu or his opponents.

Indeed, Netanyahu, after exploiting some Jewish Israelis' fear of the Arabs in previous elections, cynically courted Abbas in this campaign to hedge his bets.

No Israeli government has ever included an Arab party in a coalition.

Both Netanyahu and his main opponent Lapid might actually agree to accept Abbas into their governments; but the putative right-wing parties among their respective allies likely won't.

A small bloc of parties -- Religious Zionism -- midwifed by Benjamin Netanyahu in an effort to increase the odds of his forming a narrow right-wing government -- gained six seats and will be sworn in and seated in the Knesset next week.

Should Netanyahu succeed in forming his narrow coalition, Religious Zionism would be very much a part by legitimizing overt racism; shamefully reflecting the darkest side of Israeli politics; and further undermining Israel's democracy.

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