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.