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FOURTH ELECTION IN TWO YEARS, ISRAEL TO VOTE AGAIN

Israelis are due to vote in the fourth general election in two years in what is widely seen as a referendum on the Prime Minsiter, Benjamin Netanyahu.

The previous elections ended inconclusively. A unity government, which formed to break the cycle, collapsed in December.

Polls ahead, the latest elections point towards another stalemate. The elections are being held as Israel emerges from lockdown and two weeks before Netanyahu’s corruption trial resumes. He is fighting charges of fraud, bribery and breach of trust, which he denies and calls it politically motivated.

Since March 2020, Israel has seen three lockdowns to try to curb and control the spread of COVID-19. Netanyahu has been accused of mishandling the crisis. While it was one of the worst-hit countries in the world, more than half the population today has received at least one vaccination dose.

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