Close call between blocs divided over Netanyahu in Israeli election

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud on Tuesday emerged as the strongest force in Israel’s unprecedented fourth parliamentary election in two years, according to exit polls. The ruling party is set to win about 31-33 mandates in Israel’s 120-seat Knesset, exit polls published on the country’s three main television channels predict. Opposition leader Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party comes in second with 16-18 mandates, the exit poll predicts. The bloc of parties that supports Netanyahu counts 53-54 mandates in Israel’s 120-seat Parliament, while the bloc that seeks to oust the long-…

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