With some 68 percent of the electorate voting, the right wing bloc of parties loses a quarter of its parliamentary seats. Yair Lapid and his Yesh Atid (“there is a future”) party win a surprising 19 seats; his voters seek improvement in the social agenda: Access to affordable housing, equal burden sharing in taxation and in military service. Once again, no political party wins a majority of seats in the 120 member parliament. For the third time, Benjamin Netanyahu forms a new government.
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