Israelis went to the polls for the second time in five months this week. But inconclusive results mean both PM Benyamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud Party (31 seats) and Benny Gantz’ more centrist Blue & White (33 seats) will struggle to put together the 61-seat coalition needed for a majority in the 120-seat Knesset.

Mr Netanyahu was quick to form alliances with two ultra-orthodox right-wing parties Shas, which took nine seats and United Torah Judaism (UTJ), which won eight, as well as the far-right Yamina (7), taking the right-wing bloc to 55 seats. But this is six less than a majority. And it’s difficult to see where else such a coalition could garner seats. (CONTINUED - 391 WORDS)