Leftist Tel Aviv mourns Netanyahu victory

The devastation among the left, seemingly out of touch with the rest of the country, was exacerbated by the fact that Netanyahu’s charm appeared to be wearing off.

Leftist, secular Tel Aviv went to sleep last night cautiously optimistic only to wake up this morning in a state of utter and absolute devastation.

For many in the so-called “bubble,” it was May 1996 all over again – the election that brought Benjamin Netanyahu to power for the first out of four times. In that election, held half a year after Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated, Israelis went to bed confident that his successor, Labor party leader Shimon Peres, would be the next prime minister, only to wake up to news the following morning that Netanyahu had slipped ahead with a few thousand critical votes.