Israel’s Netanyahu accused of exploiting virus crisis

JERUSALEM (AP) — With the Israeli government enacting a series of emergency measures to stem the spread of the new coronavirus, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing growing accusations that he is exploiting the crisis to entrench himself in power and undermining the country’s democratic foundations. Amid a wave of sweeping restrictions that have put Israel in near shutdown mode, Netanyahu has managed to postpone his own pending criminal trial, authorize unprecedented electronic surveillance of Israeli citizens and block parliament from pressing ahead with legislation aimed at pushing him from office.
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Exit polls: Netanyahu just short of majority in Israel vote

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a solid edge over his main rival in Israel’s third election in beneath a 365 days, exit polls indicated Monday night, but it undoubtedly used to be unclear whether he can clinch the parliamentary majority wished to direct victory. Exit polls on Israel’s main TV channels confirmed Netanyahu and his nationalist and spiritual allies winning 60 seats, one attempting a parliamentary majority.
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Israel on the way to new elections in March

Israelis will go to the polls for the third time in a year. Polls again give Netanyahu and his rival Gantz neck and neck. The Israeli political class was preparing the ground Wednesday evening for new elections, at the beginning of March, the third in less than a year, with the flavor of a new duel between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, now charged with corruption, and his rival Benny Gantz.
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