The bitter taste of victory

Despite retaining the premiership, Likud bemoans election results.

By ANDREW FRIEDMAN
February 6, 2013 12:30
Liberman and Netanyahu at Likud Beytenu faction meeting, Feb 5 2013

Liberman and Netanyahu at Likud Beytenu faction meeting 370. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)

 
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Anyone unfamiliar with Israel’s election campaign would have had a hard time believing that the Likud Party gathering at the Tel Aviv Exhibition Grounds on January 22 was the victory celebration of the winning party.

At first glance, the stage was set at Hangar 15 to be a night to remember – some longtime activists arrived early, a new generation of Likudniks greeted party Knesset Members with dancing and drums, and a virtual army of local and international media was on hand to interview the re-elected MKs and broadcast Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s victory speech.

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