The Israeli Election and Liberman’s Conditions | 9/18/2019 | Barry Shaw
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The Israeli elections on September 18, 2019 proved one thing. Not only is Israel the only democracy in the Middle East, it is also a global democracy on steroids.

The elections results showed the benefits—but mainly the faults of a multi-party electoral system.

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The race started with 31 hopeful parties. At the end of the voting process Israel was left with nine political parties winning seats in the 22nd Knesset.

Israel has to change the law by lifting the electoral threshold for allocated seats in a future Knesset from the current low bar of 3.25% to 5%.

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The outcome of a very tight race left the Israeli version of the Siamese twins able to form a narrow majority government but shackled from doing so by pre-conditions set by Benny Ganz, the leader of the Blue & White party, who said he would never sit in a joint government with a leader facing criminal charges, referring to the corruption charges faced by Likud leader and perennial Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

Unless Ganz climbs down from his moral tree Israel is frozen in a stand-off and could, potentially be facing its third election in under a year.

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President Reuven Rivlin said he would not allow this to happen, but he has no constitutional role in deciding the outcome.

The spoiler in the game is the blunt Russian, Avigdor Liberman. He’s the tough guy who is calling the shots having positioned himself as a centrist party winning nine decisive seats. This has enabled him to be the pivotal figure in the race to power.

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Likud is unable to form a right-wing government. The lack of mandates earned by the small right-wing and religious parties prevent that option without Liberman, and Liberman made issues with the religious parties part of his electioneering platform. No right-religious deal is possible without the heavy Liberman...
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