Analysis: Elections far, far away, except on Planet Herzliya

Somewhere on Planet Herzliya, there must be an election looming.

That is the impression attendees of the annual Herzliya Conference would have received from listening to Israel’s politicians this week.

They heard former defense minister Moshe Ya’alon announce his candidacy for prime minister, former prime minister Ehud Barak hint that he could make a comeback, former foreign minister Tzipi Livni announce the formation of a new Democratic Party for Israel, and former finance minister Yair Lapid announce a seven-point plan for his premiership, as if he had already been elected.


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