Analysis: When back-scratching backfires

What do electoral reforms aimed at increasing governmental stability, drafting yeshiva students, and holding a referendum before relinquishing land in pre-1967 Israel, eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights have in common? Not much, but they were each the banner policy of a party in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing coalition in 2013 and 2014.

None of the parties in the coalition favored all three steps, but the coalition MKs all held their noses and voted for what they opposed in order to get what they wanted.


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