Israel election: PM Benjamin Netanyahu refuses to concede defeat but faces fight for political life
Rebecca Speare-Cole,Evening StandardWed, 18 Sep 08:56 CES
Mr Netanyahu failed to secure a majority with his natural religious and nationalist allies in elections on Tuesday, with the exit polls currently too close to call.
But addressing his supporters early on Wednesday, he refused to concede defeat and vowed to work to form a new government that excludes Arab parties.
The result has set the stage for a period of coalition negotiations that could threaten the Prime Minister’s political future and even clear the way for him to be tried on corruption charges.
Initial partial results showed Mr Gantz’s centrist Blue and White party tied with Mr Netanyahu’s…
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