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The question that looms over the improbable coalition that dethroned Benjamin Netanyahu is who’ll bring it down, and who’ll end up on top.
The long-serving prime minister has made himself so indispensable that politics in Israel and Palestine will likely be shaped around him for years to come.
If the Israeli prime minister is ousted, it will not be because the country voted left but because he fractured the right.
Further conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is inevitable – and futile.
After a decade of civil war, Syria has been plunged into economic crisis. But the Assad regime’s failings are unlikely to be punished at the ballot box.
The two-state solution favoured by global leaders is out of sync with the lived reality of Israelis and Palestinians.
The dispute is decades old – but this year’s fighting was exacerbated by very modern factors.
The sectarian, communal violence between Arabs and Jews is the most troubling new development.
The delay to elections threatens an eruption of violence among rival Palestinian factions vying for control.
The worst intercommunal clashes in years could mark the start of a new era of decentralised violence between Israelis and Palestinians.
Protracted political crises on both the Palestinian and Israeli sides have contributed to the instability.