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Netanyahu Banks His Comeback on an Alliance With Israel’s Far Right

  • Jewish Power’s Ben-Gvir may determine post-vote coalition
  • Pro- and anti-Netanyahu blocs are running near even in polls
Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a campaign event in Bnei Brak, Israel, on Oct. 29.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a campaign event in Bnei Brak, Israel, on Oct. 29.Source: Getty Images Europe
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Israelis began voting on Tuesday in their fifth general election since 2019, with former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plotting his return as part of an alliance that could empower the nation’s far right.

Since Netanyahu stepped down 16 months ago, Israeli politics have been deadlocked between two factions, divided by their support or opposition for the 73-year-old politician. Opponents are determined to prevent his return as he confronts a series of legal cases, while supporters say he’s the subject of a witch-hunt and the only leader who can bring back stability.