Israel plunged into THIRD election in 12 months after cross-party coalition talks end in stalemate

Mail Online | 12/11/2019 | Jack Elsom For Mailonline;Associated Press
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Israel has been plunged into its third election in 12 months after eleventh-hour coalition talks ended in stalemate.

Neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or opposition leader Benny Gantz edged a majority in September's vote, leading to weeks of cross-party negotiations to form a power-sharing arrangement.

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But at midnight Wednesday the deadline to break the parliamentary deadlock passed with no brokered deal, meaning Israelis will go to the polls once again.

The country will now embark on a gruelling three-month campaign which is expected to be just as inconclusive as the past two.

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Yair Lapid, a politician in the opposition Blue and White party warned parents to 'keep your children away from the television' as the campaign will be a 'festival of hate, violence and disgust.'

'Keep your children away from the television,' said Yair Lapid, a leader of the opposition Blue and White party, saying the campaign will be a 'festival of hate, violence and disgust.'

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He added: 'What used to be a celebration of democracy has become a moment of shame for this building.

'There are only three reasons for this election - bribery, fraud and breach of trust,' a reference to the corruption charges dogging the embattled PM.

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Following the Sept 17 vote, Netanyahu's Likud party and the rival Blue and White, led by former military commander Gantz, both failed to cobble together a governing coalition.

Both men had insisted they want to avoid another costly election campaign. And together, their parties control a solid majority in the 120-seat Knesset.

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But neither was willing to compromise on their core demands for a unity government.

Netanyahu insisted on serving as prime minister, where he is best positioned to fight his corruption charges. Gantz has refused to serve under a prime minister with such serious legal problems and called on Likud to choose a different leader.

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