Israel's longest-serving prime minister is poised to return to office, even while on trial for corruption charges. He spoke with Morning Edition about his comeback and controversial coalition.
"We are on the cusp of a very big victory," Benjamin Netanyahu told supporters. He has partnered with the far-right and vowed to impose tougher law enforcement on Palestinians.
In the fifth election in 3 1/2 years, former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has partnered with fringe elements of Israel's far right to try to unseat centrist Prime Minister Yair Lapid.
Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to stage a comeback. He has allied with far-right politicians in a quest to subdue the Arab community and take greater control of the justice system.
The Israeli prime minister leaves office with a legacy that includes economic prosperity, a growing partisan divide in the U.S. over support for Israel and the unresolved conflict with Palestinians.
Neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor his opponents appear to have a secure path to forming a majority coalition. The scales could tip as more votes are counted in the coming days.
For the fourth time in less than two years, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought to assemble a coalition of right-wing parties that will give him a majority in Israel's parliament.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing trial on corruption charges, has a difficult path to another term. He is Israel's longest-serving prime minister.
President Trump counts several world leaders as his fans, many of them authoritarians, nationalists or populists. Some may struggle to stay as friendly with the White House if he loses the election.
The Israeli prime minister is due in court Sunday for corruption charges, including that he allegedly offered a media company regulatory favors for positive coverage.