Michael Koplow, writing in Foreign Affairs, argues that the narrative that emerged immediately after the Israeli election probably isn’t correct:
No, Israel Did Not Just Vote for the Center: Why the Right is Still Dominant
The surprisingly strong performance of Yair Lapid in Israel’s election, coupled with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s losses, have led many to conclude that Israeli voters have shifted to the center. But Lapid’s party is conservative where it counts—on security issues—and the voters who left Netanyahu largely went even further to the right.
Michael Cohen, in the Guardian, makes a similar point with regard to the peace process.
If you happen to be in or near the Omaha area, you can hear me talk about the results of the Israeli election on Thursday night.