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Implications of the election in Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, who will soon become the longest-serving head of government in Israel’s 70-year history, has called early elections, scheduled for April 9. His paper-thin majority in the Knesset (the Israeli parliament) made it difficult to govern — at least that was the pretext. Most Israelis believe that the real reason was to forestall the announcement by the attorney general of his intention to indict the prime minister in three cases of alleged corruption, believing the decision would not be announced until after the elections in order for the attorney general to avoid accusations of attempting to affect them.

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