Pollsters predict a tight race. PM Benjamin Netanyahu – or 'Bibi' as everyone knows him - and his main opponent Benny Gantz have been vying to win the support of voters.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has mandated Benny Gantz, of the country's Blue and White party, with the task of forming a government. If he can't, Israel could be headed for an unprecedented third election.
Following failed coalition talks, Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu has given back the mandate to form a government. That mandate will now be given to his political opponent, a presidential spokesman says.
While Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz both supported calls for a unity government, they disagreed on who should take charge. The second Israeli election of the year has left the country in a political deadlock.
The prime minister faces charges of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust in three separate cases. The indictment hearings follow a deadlocked federal election that has left Netanyahu struggling to stay in power.
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