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Israel: Exit Polls Suggest No Party Secured Ruling Majority

1 MIN READSep 17, 2019 | 20:04 GMT

What Happened: Polls have closed in Israel's parliamentary election, with exit polls suggesting that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party didn't secure enough seats to form a government without the support of former Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Haaretz reported Sept. 17.

Why It Matters: The Blue and White party, Likud's primary opponent, also failed to secure enough seats to form a new government, which indicates that Israel will likely enter a new era of political uncertainty. Struggles to form a coalition would complicate Netanyahu's plans to follow through with the annexation of parts of the West Bank and establish a mutual defense treaty with the United States.

Background: Israel previously held general elections in April, which resulted in a stalemate as no party was able to secure enough Knesset seats to form a new government.

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