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Israel Heads Into New Elections, After Netanyahu Fails To Form Government

According to the Washington Post, the two politicians were at loggerheads over legislation sought by Liberman to draft ultra-Orthodox Jews into the military, bitterly resisted by Netanyahu’s powerful political allies in the religious parties.
31 May 2019 17:42
Israel Heads Into New Elections, After Netanyahu Fails To Form Government
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and former Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman. Photo / AP file

Israel will head to elections for a second time in less than six months after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a government before the deadline.

Rather than give someone else a chance to do so, his Likud Party advanced a bill  to dissolve the Parliament and trigger new elections in September.

Despite his reputation as a master of political maneuvering, Mr Netanyahu proved unable to bring Avigdor Liberman, his former defence minister, into a coalition that would give the Prime Minister a majority in the Knesset.

According to the Washington Post, the two politicians were at loggerheads over legislation sought by Liberman to draft ultra-Orthodox  Jews into the military,  bitterly resisted by  Netanyahu’s powerful political allies in the religious parties.

The  move for new elections leave Israel in political disarray as it now embarks on a expensive nationwide vote that has no guarantee of shifting the balance of power among the parties.

For Netanyahu, his inability to build a coalition casts fresh uncertainty over his future as he battles accusations of corruption and likely indictment in three criminal cases.

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