Jo-Ann Mort is vice chairperson of Americans for Peace Now and CEO of the New York City-based strategy firm ChangeCommunications.
(This essay first appeared in fathomjournal.org on January 31, 2013)
This election was a failure for the sitting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his young guard in the Likud,
especially Education Minister Gideon Saar and Environment Minister Gilad Erdan, both of whom took leading roles in
the campaign. It was an astounding success for former journalist Yair Lapid and his centrist Yesh Atid party, and a
resounding comeback for the Zionist-left, especially the Meretz Party.