Israel Holds Fourth National Election within Two Years

Israeli voters head to the polls on Tuesday in the nation’s fourth national election in two years, in the hopes of easing the political deadlock under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Around 6.5 million voters selected members of the Knesset’s 120-seat, Israel’s parliament. 

Netanyahu has championed his administration’s pandemic response amidst corruption allegations against him, which prompted protests in the country this week. 

The election comes after a political deadlock due to disputes between Netanyahu and his now rival Benny Gantz, which did not allow the government to agree on a budget in December.

Polls say that the prime minister’s right-wing party Likud will likely win as the largest party, but will fail to meet the majority of 61 seats needed to form a government.

Former finance minister Yair Lapid of the centrist Yesh Atid party is expected to emerge second after Netanyahu’s Likud.

Voters select parties instead of individual candidates in the parliamentary election and experts say if Netanyahu fails to secure a coalition, Israel may even face the possibility of a fifth election.

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