Lockdowns, quarantines, more than 6,000 deaths, Shin Bet tracking, huge deficits, and soaring unemployment did nothing to change minds at the polls.
Instead of conducting a campaign that would end in public humiliation and debts, he decided to cut his losses and forgo contending.
Haaretz editor Aluf Benn writes that he didn’t know Yitzhak Shamir. But the spymaster-turned-prime minister knew him — or at least tried to.
Former prime minister Ehud Olmert proposed giving the Palestinians land from communities bordering the Gaza Strip and from the Judean Desert nature reserve in exchange for settlement blocs in the West Bank.
Two months after the election, the political strategists who advised Netanyahu and Kadima leader Tzipi Livni met for a joint interview with Haaretz.