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The Debate

Close enough? Still no majority as Netanyahu leads Israel snap poll

THE DEBATE
THE DEBATE © FRANCE 24

How does Benjamin Netanyahu do it? Israel's longest-serving prime minister is leading the vote tally yet again - this time even though he is only two weeks away from the start of his corruption trial. We pore over the results, ask our panel whether his victory claim is perhaps premature and see what he got right in the country's third snap poll in under a year. 

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A year without a government is unprecedented, which makes one wonder what Israel's got wrong with its democracy. We also ask about the losers of the night and why the traditional left has all but disappeared in a nation ruled at its inception by secular socialists. 

Part of the answer this time around is the rallying of the peace camp to the Joint List that brings together left-wing Jews and Israeli Arabs. What are the new fault lines of Israeli politics? With the economy strong and Donald Trump's support for what Palestinians have branded a land grab in the West Bank, is the long reign of Netanyahu only just beginning?

Produced by Charles Wente, Juliette Laurain and Marion Lefevre.

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