Dead heat in Israel as Netanyahu, Herzog both declare victory; Arabs will be 3rd largest bloc

March 18, 2015 12:38 AM

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party emerged from Tuesday’s Israeli election in a virtual tie with the Zionist Union headed by Isaac Herzog, according to exit polls, with prospects unclear whether either leader would be able to form a governing coalition.

Netanyahu, who pre-election polls suggested he was facing a real prospect of defeat, fought back in the last days of the campaign and appeared better positioned to form a coalition government. But his chances depended on the enlistment of right-center party Kulanu, whose leader, Moshe Kahlon, campai...

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