Mansour Abbas: The Islamist politician reshaping Israel's political landscape

Israel’s fourth parliamentary election in two years has produced yet another deadlock. Despite securing thirty seats for Likud, and 52 in total for the pro-Netanyahu camp, Netanyahu failed to reach the 61-seat threshold to form a governing majority. His opponents, too, fell short of reaching a majority, securing 57 Knesset seats. With the deadlock reproducing itself, a repetitive reshuffle in Israel’s centres of power was unavoidable. The once-popular party of Benny Gantz, Blue and White (Kahol Lavan), disintegrated; centre left forces gradually lost leverage; and the right split from within i…

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