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Netanyahu may yet prove himself the Houdini of Israeli politics


It may have taken him a year and three elections to achieve it, but on Tuesday, Benjamin Netanyahu started to look like the Great Houdini of Israeli politics – escape artist extraordinaire.

With almost all of the ballots counted, Netanyahu's bloc of settler and extreme religious parties was set to win 58 seats in the 120-member parliament – three shy of an absolute majority.

But more importantly, his Likud party is expected to secure three more seats than his chief rival, Benny Gantz, a former army general who leads the secular right-wing Blue and White party.

Netanyahu managed his win even though the attorney general recently indicted him on a raft of corruption charges. His trial is due to start in two weeks.