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Is Israel headed towards the fifth election in two years? - What you need to know


Picture courtesy: The Times of Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has struggled to drum up parliamentary support since The March 23 election which ended in deadlock for the fourth time in two years.

The Party of the current PM Netanyahu, Likud, won the majority of seats back in March, but they only won 30 seats out of a possible 120 in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament.

Netanyahu was not able to patch together a coalition out of the small parties in Israel, most of which only hold a few seats apiece. The reason is that the Prime Minister has become weakened by the corruption trial. He's the first-ever Israeli Prime Minister to stand trial and he's been charged with bribery and fraud. Charges that he denied.

The PM's rival, Naftali Bennett (aka 'Kingmaker') who is Yamina party's chairman, hopes to become Israel's Next Prime Minister. Almost half of Israelis back a unity government jointly led by Naftali Bennet and Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid, the only way a government will combine parties from right, left, and center.

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