Former Israeli TV host Yair Lapid, leader of the Yesh Atid party, talks to supporters today after his new party scored a stunning second-place finish in yesterday’s Knesset elections. (AFP/Getty Images) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, said it was necessary to form the 'broadest possible government’ after his coalition lost six seats in the elections. (AFP/Getty Images)
Yesterday’s Knesset elections were a major political setback for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and likely will force him to form a broader coalition that includes leftists and moderates. This new coalition will pull Nethanyau to the center, forcing more moderate policies on West Bank settlements, negotiations with the Palestinians, and maybe Iran’s nuclear program.
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