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ISRAELI Premier Benjamin Netanyahu today cancelled a trip to the United Nations general assembly in New York after polling badly in his country’s general election.
Partial results this morning showed his Likud Party on 31 seats with Benny Gantz’s Blue and White alliance ahead on 32.
A prime minister needs to command a 61-seat majority in the 120-seat parliament. Coalition negotiations are under way to break the impasse.
It is Israel’s second election this year after April’s poll ended in deadlock and a failure to form a coalition government.
Mr Netanyahu insisted he would lead the next government in a “special announcement” in the Knesset.
He explained he had met right-wing and Haredi party leaders from Shas, UTJ, National Union, Jewish Home and New Right.
“We decided unanimously that we’re going forward together to negotiations that will establish a government led by me,” he claimed.
“Now there are only two possibilities — a government led by me, or a dangerous government that depends on the Arabs. Now more than ever … a government must not be established that depends on anti-zionist Arab parties.
“We’re moving forward together, and the nationalist camp is moving forward together.”
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