Here's the very short version of the Israeli election results: Benjamin Netanyahu ran unopposed?and lost. But he's still got a very good chance of returning to the prime minister's office.
In his last term, Netanyahu brought a total breakdown of negotiations with the Palestinians and stuck to a free-market orthodoxy that benefited only the richest Israelis. For those who long to see Israel change direction (as I wrote here a week ago) the most optimistic election scenario was deadlock followed by instability.
As the votes were counted last night, those too obsessed to sleep saw that scenario
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