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Israelis to head to the polls once again

TWO key figures in US President Donald Trump’s election campaign are to visit Benjamin Netanyahu this week as Israel prepares for its third general election in the space of a year.

Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie are being considered for posts in Mr Netanyahu’s re-election campaign team, the Jewish Insider reported on Tuesday.

Today, Israeli MPs voted to dissolve the Knesset, paving the way for a fresh election, as no parties were able to form a coalition.

A new election will take place on March 10 in an effort to break the country’s political deadlock, which began after a general election in April failed to yield a governing majority. A snap election in September also produced no clear winner.

Both Mr Netanyahu and his main opponent Benny Gantz have for weeks insisted that they wanted to avoid another costly election campaign.

But neither has been willing to compromise on their core demands for a power-sharing agreement, despite also claiming they were working until the last minute to end the impasse.

Mr Netanyahu was recently indicted on multiple corruption charges, concerning alleged acceptance of bribes, fraud and breach of trust.

Mr Gantz, who leads the Blue and White party, has said he would be willing to make a deal with the ruling Likud party if Mr Netanyahu was replaced as leader.

Israel Democracy Institute president Yohanan Plesner said: “Israelis are frustrated as a result of the fact that there is no decisive outcome.

“But there is also an understanding that we are in a very unique and unprecedented situation where a prime minister who is very popular within his own constituency is also being indicted with very severe crimes.”

According to recent opinion polls, the forthcoming election may not end the deadlock.


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