Should the current Anyone-but-Netanyahu ensemble collapse under the weight of its diversity, he stands a good chance of returning.
The Foreign Secretary contends that by forming an aspirational coalition the Conservatives can gain votes in the North without losing support in the South.
The odds are stacking ever higher against the man who has dominated his country’s politics for years.
There is much more to the country than the political controversies which are the focus of most reports.
It needs Mahmoud Abbas in place, and its response to the kidnapping of three teenagers threatens to weaken his position.
Far from being an end to the power struggle within Palestinian politics, this latest deal could well be its next phase.