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How Israel's Elections Will Shape Its Regional Strategy

Feb 20, 2019 | 10:00 GMT
Retired Israeli general Benny Gantz mingles with people during an electoral campaign tour south of Tel Aviv in February 2019.

Benny Gantz, the center-left challenger to current Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, greets supporters on the campaign trail ahead of the election in April 2019.

(THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

Rising discontent with incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu and his ruling center-right coalition has created a path for his center-left challenger Benny Gantz to take power in the upcoming April election. But regardless of who wins, the next prime minister will be forced to grapple with brewing regional threats that could easily escalate into major conflict, as well as a U.S. government critical of its ties with China -- and increasingly critical of Israel's strategies as a whole....

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