Israel: A Matter of Mathematics

The voters fail to pick a winner, and the haggling begins

For a campaign that was almost totally devoid of passion, the finale was decidedly dramatic. At Labor Party headquarters in a Tel Aviv hotel, supporters giddy with hope eagerly awaited the returns. Across town, in an auditorium draped in blue-and-white bunting, Likud backers stood around glumly, like pallbearers at a funeral. At 10 p.m., as polls closed around the country, all eyes at both headquarters turned to the TV screens. But wait. Anchorman Haim Yavin announced that there would be a...

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