Israel general elections: How do they work?

This Tuesday, polls for the Israeli general election have opened. The incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu who has been widely regarded as the favorite is running for his 5th term in office, which would make him Israel's longest serving PM. Although, rather surprisingly Benny Gantz, a military man with very little political experience, is regarded as his main challenger, and the first man to pose a real threat to Netanyahu's long reign.

The winner of the election may not necessarily become the Prime Minister, as Israel's political system is about building coalitions just as much as winning the popular vote. Could the system ultimately benefit Netanyahu? If so how?

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Xinhua 18 Sep 2019 07:30 CEST

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