Israel goes to the polls for fifth time in four years

Israels are going to the polls next week for the fifth time in under four years.

And once again the race is shaping up as a referendum on former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahuís fitness to rule.

Netanyahu has been campaigning while standing trial on corruption charges.

As Israelís opposition leader, he has portrayed himself as the victim of a political witch hunt and promised to reform a legal system he sees as profoundly biased against him.

His main opponent, caretaker Prime Minister Yair Lapid, is marketing himself as a voice of decency and national unity.

In Israelís fragmented political system, neither Netanyahu nor Lapid is expected to win outright majorities in the 120-seat Knesset, or parliament.

That means each will have to turn to smaller allies in the hope of securing the 61 seats required to form a new government.

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