FILE - In this Monday, March 16, 2015 file photo, passengers sit in a bus driving past a billboard with the photo of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and late rabbi Ovadia Yosef, a long time spiritual leader of the Shas party, a day ahead of legislative elections, in Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv, Israel. The displeasure felt in some quarters over Netanyahu's win last week has placed front and center the world community's unwritten obligation to accept the results of a truly democratic vote. It is a basic tenet of the modern world order which has survived the occasional awkward result _ as well as recent decades' emergence of some less-than-pristine democracies around the globe. The Hebrew sign at left reads, " Father is looking from above.'' At right Hebrew reads, "Likud, Netanyahu." (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File) (The Associated Press)
JERUSALEM – Is Israel a democracy? The answer is not so straightforward, and it increasingly matters given the diplomatic fallout over hardliner Benjamin Netanyahu's reelection last week.