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Netanyahu makes history - for the wrong reasons

Instead of being Israel's longest-serving PM, he has to face voters again, and court as well

Mr Benjamin Netanyahu was looking forward to serving a historic fifth consecutive term after his election victory 50 days ago. It would have made him Israel's longest-serving prime minister. Instead, he has made history as the first election winner failing to form a coalition government, sending his country back to the polls on Sept 17.

Thursday morning, at 11 minutes past midnight, Mr Netanyahu's image of invincibility was smashed to smithereens.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 31, 2019, with the headline 'Netanyahu makes history - for the wrong reasons'. Print Edition | Subscribe