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How the world might prepare for a Democratic resurgence

US House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi speaks during a press conference after Democrats took back control of the house in Washington, DC
House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi speaks after Democrats regained control of the House, on November 7, 2018. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

Americans were not alone in closely watching midterm returns. For much of the world, the election outcome was taken, rightly or wrongly, as a barometer of President Trump’s re-election chances and the impact of investigations by both Robert Mueller and a Democratic House.

The big picture: Russia, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Israel are some of the countries that have invested most heavily in their relationships with Trump in an effort to fortify bilateral relations. But now that the omens regarding 2020 seem less favorable to Republicans, countries that banked on Trump might have to start hedging their bets by endearing themselves to the Democrats.

Israeli defense minister quits over Gaza ceasefire

Israeli defense minister
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. Photo: Gili Yaari/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has resigned over his opposition to a ceasefire with Palestinian militants in Gaza, slamming the move as "surrendering to terror," reports the BBC.

The big picture: Lieberman's resignation follows two days of violent clashes in Gaza that left eight people dead. Lieberman also said all members of his party, Yisrael Beiteinu, would quit the government coalition, leaving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a slight majority in the Knesset, Israel's parliament, and the looming possibility of a snap election if other coalition members should quit as well, according to Haaretz.

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