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Israel will struggle again to form government, polls show

A few days before parliamentary elections in Israel, polls indicate that it will be difficult - yet again - for a viable government to be formed.

A few days before parliamentary elections in Israel, polls indicate that it will be difficult – yet again – for a viable government to be formed.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing conservative Likud party emerged as the strongest force on Friday in surveys conducted by Israel Hayom, among others, but not strong enough for the 71-year-old to form a coalition of parties from the right-wing camp.

It will also be difficult for the anti-Netanyahu camp to achieve the necessary majority of 61 members of parliament, raising the spectre of stalemate, and yet another election in the summer.

The current vote is scheduled for Tuesday, the fourth election within two years.

The alliance between Netanyahu and his rival Benny Gantz, formed under the pressure of the coronavirus crisis, broke up in December.

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