Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) and opposition leader Benny Gantz wave to their respective crowds during their election night rallies, September 17, 2019. by the Forward

Here’s What People Are Saying About The Israeli Elections

The votes from Tuesday’s Israeli election are still being counted, but it looks like the 10-year tenure of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may be coming to a close - though his demonstrable political skill means that he shouldn’t be counted out just yet.

Here are what some of the most plugged-in and insightful analysts of Israeli politics had to say about the

The Forward: Who Won The Israeli Election? American Jews

Is this the end of Netanyahu? Op-ed contributor Abe Silberstein seems to think so. And he thinks that’s a good thing for an American Jewish community.

The Jerusalem Post: Did Trump Lose The Election For Netanyahu?

Chief political correspondent Gil Hoffman points out that Netanyahu staked a lot of his campaign on his close ties with President Trump and was likely expecting political support. Instead, he got bupkis.

The Times of Israel: Muddy Results Clearly Show Israelis Unfazed By Prospect Of Life After Netanyahu

Netanyahu has always portrayed himself as “Mr. Security,” but Times of Israel founding editor David Horovitz notes that Israelis may no longer be buying that line.

Haaretz: Netanyahu Suffered Defeat Despite The Center-Left’s Abysmal Campaign Flop

Correspondent Chemi Shalev argues that the left shouldn’t celebrate - in fact, they blew their chance at an even stronger showing due to unnecessary bungling and infighting.

Israel Hayom: Now Is The Time For Unity

Israel Hayom is the most pro-Netanyahu paper in Israel - or at least it used to be until he and owners Sheldon and Miriam Adelson had a falling out. So keep all that context in mind when you read diplomatic correspondent Ariel Kahana’s column arguing for Netanyahu and Gantz to share power.

Israel Policy Forum: Why Last Night Was Different From All The Others

IPF policy director Michael J. Koplow points out one unprecedented possibility: If Netanyahu and Gantz indeed do form a unity government, then the leader of the opposition would likely be Ayman Odeh, the leader of the Joint List of Arab parties.

Aiden Pink is the deputy news editor of the Forward. Contact him at or follow him on Twitter @aidenpink

Good Analysis To Read About The Israeli Elections


Aiden Pink

Aiden Pink

Aiden Pink is the Deputy News Editor for the Forward. Contact him at or on Twitter, @aidenpink.

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