Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu gestures at the Likud party headquarters following the announcement of exit polls in Tel Aviv on Wednesday [Ammar Awad/Reuters]

Jerusalem – The leaders of Israel‘s two main political parties were heading for deadlock on Wednesday after a repeat election, with exit polls and unofficial results showing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would not be able to form a right-wing governing coalition.

With more than 60 percent of votes counted, Netanyahu’s Likud and the Blue and White party led by former army chief Benny Gantz were neck and neck with 32 seats each, according to Israeli media reports.

The Arab Joint List, an alliance of four smaller parties, was projected to have performed better than in April, becoming the third largest party with 12

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