It was stunning theatre. On Wednesday night, quite literally at the eleventh hour, television reporters set up makeshift studios in the Knesset halls, marking their turf with whatever was available, grabbing roving MKs for the cameras to speculate on whether “it” was really going to happen.

“It,” of course, was the imminent vote on the dissolution of the 21st Knesset, sworn in on April 30 and elected on April 9. Radiating fury, surrounded by his usual security posse, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu passed the swarms of cameras and journalists, unblinking, heading for the Knesset chamber and the unprecedented vote shortly before midnight on Wednesday.


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