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Wed Nov 20, 2019, 09:49 AM

Israel heads toward unprecedented 3rd election within a year

Source: KOB TV

Israeli kingmaker politician Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday refused to endorse a candidate for prime minister, blaming both the contenders engaged in a tense standoff that has paralyzed Israeli politics and pushing the country toward a likely third election in less than a year.

Lieberman's comments came ahead of a midnight deadline for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's rival, Benny Gantz, to form a coalition. Without Lieberman, Gantz appears unable to secure the required majority in parliament to be prime minister.

If Israel is forced into a third election, it would be entering uncharted waters, with opinion polls already predicting a very similar deadlock. But a new campaign could benefit the embattled Netanyahu, who is expected to be indicted on corruption charges in the coming weeks. Netanyahu would be best-positioned to fight any charges from the prime minister's office.

Lieberman, who heads a small secular, ultranationalist party, triggered the September election after refusing to join Netanyahu's traditional allies of hard-line and religious parties following earlier elections in April. The do-over vote left Netanyahu's Likud and Gantz's Blue and White party both short of a required majority in the 120-seat parliament without Lieberman's support.

Read more: https://www.kob.com/news/israel-faces-likely-third-election-amid-bibi-gantz-standoff/5558088/?cat=649

Updated: November 20, 2019 07:20 AM
Created: November 20, 2019 07:15 AM

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Wed Nov 20, 2019, 10:06 AM

1. Netanyahu for prison

The decision might be easier if he were indicted for corruption before the election

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