"Results show that support for the joint Likud-Beitenu list of candidates Netanyahu headed has dropped dramatically, from its previous 42 seats to as few as 31. Former TV star Yair Lapid, a newcomer in politics, stole the show. His centrist party Yesh 'Atid (There's a Future) has become the second largest, with 19 seats. Empowered with a strong social program focusing on cheaper housing for young couples, compulsory draft of religious students exempted from serving in the military and, in general, with an uncompromising fight against social inequities, Lapid has suddenly emerged as the kingmaker of any future sustainable coalition. " Asia Times
This is a "game changer." If Bibi finds it necessary to form a coalition with Lapid then his policy towards many things will inevitably be different then it has been. Relations with the US, intentions towards Iran, a totally permissive attitude towards rampant social ineguality; these things will have to change.
Lapid should insist on the Defense Ministry as a prize as the price of his entry into a coalition. Failing that, some other post in the inner securty cabinet should be required. pl