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Bibi, King of Swing!

Some parts of the press dubbed him King Bibi, but these elections are a resounding vote of no-confidence against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, writes Ben Caspit.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stands behind a booth as he casts his ballot for the parliamentary election at a polling station in Jerusalem January 22, 2013. Israelis voted on Tuesday in an election that is expected to see Netanyahu win a third term in office, pushing the Jewish state further to the right, away from peace with the Palestinians and towards a showdown with Iran. REUTERS/Uriel Sinai/Pool (JERUSALEM - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
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What should have been a laid-back afternoon stroll suddenly turned dizzily nerve-wracking. True, Benjamin Netanyahu will likely be the next prime minister, but before he gets sworn in, he’ll work up a sweat running back and forth pleading. He’ll rant and he’ll rage as he tries to squeeze the proverbial square peg into a round hole.

He’ll reinvent the wheel, and himself, while he’s at it. He’ll call for a National Unity government and he’ll talk about a broad-based government too. But deep inside he’ll know that he failed, that he suffered a devastating political blow, and that he received a resounding vote of no-confidence from the public. There can be no greater political drama. The pollsters fell asleep on their watch. The pundits couldn’t read the map. The people of Israel are smarter than all of them. They proved that they’re not suckers.

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