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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scored a fifth term in office with his election win yesterday, declaring that he will be "prime minister for all" even as he faces a slew of corruption indictments.

The big picture: Netanyahu's victory showcased both his skill as a master politician — at home and abroad — and shifting trends in the Israeli electorate, which allowed him to score a win in one of his career's most closely fought elections.

Here are six big takeaways from Netanyahu's win:

1. Netanyahu won big.

  • The 35 seats he won are the best result for his party, the Likud, in the last 15 years. The result proves that Netanyahu has more political skill than any other politician in Israel. He is now set to become the longest serving prime minister in the country's history, eclipsing Israel's founding father David Ben-Gurion.

2. Netanyahu's opponent Benny Gantz still had a very impressive result.

  • Gantz's Blue and White Party won 35 seats — the same as the Likud. While Netanyahu heads a party that's been in control for most of the last three decades, Gantz is a political rookie who formed his party less than three months ago.
  • However, Gantz failed to move enough voters from the right to support his center-left bloc — and ended up cannibalizing his potential political allies.

3. Netanyahu won because of the size of the right-wing bloc.

  • There was massive turnout among the ultra-Orthodox community. Its two parties won eight seats each, which marked their best result in years.

4. The center-left bloc was weak because of low Arab turnout.

  • The Likud had run a long program to suppress Arab votes, exemplified by last year's controversial "nation state" bill and a secret campaign on election day that saw activists secretly film voters in majority-Arab towns in Israel, allegedly to combat voter fraud.
  • There was also big disappointment by Arab voters toward the Joint Arab Party, which split before the elections — as well as a reluctance by the Jewish center-left parties to embrace Arab voters.
  • If the turnout in the Arab community would have been the same as in previous elections, the right-wing and center-left blocs would be tied and Netanyahu would not be able to form a coalition. 

5. Netanyahu won 35 seats despite the three pending indictments against him.

  • He's facing indictments for bribery, breach of trust and fraud, but voters just didn't care.
  • His challenge now is to prevent the indictments from moving forward to trial. He will likely try to build a right-wing coalition that would commit to passing a bill that would freeze the indictments or allow a vote to let Netanyahu keep immunity in the cases.
  • Because this is Netanyahu's #1 goal, his coalition partners will be able to squeeze him dramatically during the coalition negotiations.

6. Netanyahu's close relationship with President Trump made a difference.

  • The fact that Netanyahu used Trump in his election ads and got Trump to recognize the Golan Heights as part of Israel less than two weeks before the elections influenced voters and helped him preserve support from his base. Netanyahu owes Trump a lot — and he might need to pay the president back soon if the White House finally releases its oft-discussed peace plan.

Go deeper: Kushner says Middle East peace plan focuses on "drawing the borders"

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Bipartisan tributes flood in for "giant of the Senate" Bob Dole

Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole, left, and Sen. Chuck Grassle (R-Iowa) look out into the crowd at a "Dole for President" rally at Hy-Vee Foods corporate office in Des Moines on April 13. Photo: J. DAVID AKE/AFP via Getty Images

Republican and Democratic politicians, including former Senate colleagues, are sharing condolences and memories commemorating the life of Bob Dole, who passed away at 98 on Sunday morning.

The big picture: Dole, the Republican presidential nominee in 1996, was the longest serving Republican leader in the Senate until 2018, when current Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell surpassed his record,

Former Sen. Bob Dole dies

Former Sen. Bob Dole in 2019. Photo: Tom Brenner/Getty Images

Former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole passed away Sunday morning at the age of 98, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation announced in a statement.

Driving the news: Dole, a revered figure in U.S. politics and the Republican presidential nominee in 1996, served in the Senate for 27 years, including 11 years as GOP leader. Earlier this year he revealed he had been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.

Movie theaters go out of style

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Vaccination rates are going up, people are going out to restaurants again — although the new COVID variant may get in the way — but they still aren't rushing back to the movies.

By the numbers: Some 49% of pre-pandemic moviegoers are no longer hitting theaters, according to a study from the film research company The Quorum, as reported by the New York Times.

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