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Israel still at political impasse after election

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/18/19, 11:34 am

An extended political crisis is developing in Israel after a second election yielded another deadlock between the two major political parties. Preliminary results on Wednesday showed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party landed 31 seats in the 120-seat parliament and Benny Gantz’s Blue and White party won 32.

How can the two sides work things out? Gantz said he would consider forming a governing coalition with the Likud party but not while Netanyahu is in charge. An alliance of Israel’s Arab parties is also set to become the third-largest in parliament. That could spell more trouble for Netanyahu, who said it is “inconceivable” for the government to rely on anti-Zionist Arab parties.

Dig deeper: Read Mindy Belz’ analysis in WORLD Magazine of how Netanyahu leveraged the Golan Heights to try to win votes.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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