Perspective 71. No Majority: Can Israel's…

First a defector from the right-wing of Israel's governing coalition deserts, leaving it in a 60-60 tie with the opposition in the Knesset. Then comes another desertion, this time from the left flank, giving the opposition -- on paper -- a one-vote majority. And though the second defector has recanted, restoring the tie, it is legitimate to ask: can such a badly-divided government with such narrow margins last much longer?

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