Netanyahu's route to fresh term in Israel hits new obstacle

After Tuesday’s parliamentary elections in Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu’s chances of forming a coalition and securing another term as prime minister became more complicated on Thursday. The leader of an ultra-right party, Religious Zionism, rejected the idea of forming a coalition with the inclusion of a small Arab party. “There will not be a right-wing government based on Mansour Abbas’ Ra’am. Period,” Religious Zionism leader Bezalel Smotrich wrote on Facebook. According to current tallies – with more than 90 per cent of the vote counted – Netanyahu would need the support of both Religious Zio…

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