Ruby’s Tuesday: From safe bet to unexpected winner

Haredi parties, united at the last minute, became king-makers again as they didn’t vote for Sheetrit because he “co-sponsored many anti-religious laws,” says Shas MK.

In retrospect, Reuven Rivlin’s victory in the presidential election seems inevitable.

He was the front-runner all along, with the most open support from MKs and 73 percent of the public, according to polls.

Yet no political commentator worth reading or listening to was willing to gamble his or her reputation on a prediction that Rivlin would win, even though he had been campaigning for the presidency from the moment he lost the previous election seven years ago. Continue reading

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