Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief rival has failed to form a new government, pushing Israel closer to an unprecedented third election in less than a year.
Key Israeli politician Avigdor Lieberman has refused to endorse a candidate for prime minister, blaming both the contenders engaged in a tense standoff that has paralysed Israeli politics and pushing the country towards a likely third election in less than a year.
Israel’s centrist Blue and White party has rejected what it said were demands from prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form a unity government under his leadership with his right-wing and ultra-Orthodox Jewish allies.
Israel’s president has invited the two main victors from the country’s neck-and-neck election to meet, seeking to break a deadlock that has complicated his task of trying to choose the country’s next prime minister.
Exit polls suggest Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has fallen short of securing a parliamentary majority following a snap election.