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Examining Alliances and Splits That Could Determine Israel's Future

Aug 2, 2019 | 21:51 GMT
This photo shows a woman walking past election banners in Tel Aviv during Israel's elections on April 9, 2019.

A woman walks past election banners near a polling station in Tel Aviv, Israel. Israel will hold a national election after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to build a coalition government with former Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

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Israel's political parties have finalized their electoral forms, setting up the official lines for the country's national election on Sept. 17 that will determine the composition of the Knesset -- and likely decide whether embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will return to office. Last-minute mergers between smaller parties on the right and the left now give the bigger parties on both sides of the spectrum, Likud and Blue and White, a clear idea of who they might ally with -- from the United Right led by Ayelet Shaked and Naftali Bennett to the Democratic Camp of former Prime Minister Ehud Barak. Yet these alliances have done little to close the fundamental splits on each side of Israel's political spectrum -- leaving Avigdor Lieberman as a possible kingmaker....

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