The world’s Catholics have a new Pope. And the people of Israel have a new government. For the latter, it has been a long, long wait.
It looks like the two-state solution is to be given another chance. May be a last chance. That itself might concentrate minds.
Rupert Murdoch took to Twitter to say sorry for an 'offensive' cartoon on the recent Israeli elections published in the Sunday Times.
The Prime Minister's advisor says he will try to form broad coalition, meaning a deal with the new centrist party that is the big winner tonight.
For sure Netanyahu will not want to be the most moderate voice in a right wing coalition.
Centre party leader Yair Lapid with, maybe, 19 seats is the new kingmaker. Certainly the surprise winner of the night.
Exit polls give Benjamin Netanyahu just 31 seats in the next Israeli parliament.
It's a very poor result but he might still be favourite to remain prime minister.
Overall, the right wing parties have 61; the centre left and Arabs have 59.
The projection is worse than the most pessimistic forecast for Netanyahu.
If correct, he has lost seats to the centre and the far right and will need to do deals with both sides to form a coalition government. That's no easy task.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to Israel to meet Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, according to Reuters.
Ofir Gendelman, the spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has tweeted:
Israel prefers to achieve the operation's goals w/ out a land incursion,but if this is the way to protect Israeli citizens, then we'll do soFrom @ofirgendelman on Twitter:
PM Netanyahu spoke again w/ President Obama and will meet today w/ UNSG Ban and German FM. He will continue his talks w/ world leaders.From @ofirgendelman on Twitter:
The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has sent his congratulations to US President Barack Obama on his election victory.
The Prime Minister said:
The strategic alliance between Israel and the US is stronger than ever. I will continue to work with President Obama in order to assure the interests that are vital to the security of the citizens of Israel.
The Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu has called an early general election, expected to take place within three months.