Coalition talks are underway in Israel, after a general election produced deadlock between the right-wing and centre-left blocs.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud remains the largest party grouping in parliament.
But its base has been eroded by newly-formed centrist party Yesh Atid – which means ‘There is a Future’ – led by former television presenter Yair Lapid.
The party, only formed last year, stunned observers by securing second place.
Lapid has said he will only participate in a government committed to reviving peace talks with the Palestinians.
David Ricci, Professor of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said: “We do not think that Lapid is going to make trouble for Netanyahu in the area of foreign policy, because I think everyone assumes that some kind of negotiations will open.”
But overcoming political divisions at home will be no easy task.
Shelly Yachimovich of the Labour Party, which came third, says she does not want to be part of a coalition led by Netanyahu.
And the biggest upset was for nationalist leader Naftali Bennet, who was tipped for great success before Lapid stole the show.
Analysts predict weeks of horse-trading before a new cabinet is formed.
Copyright © 2014 euronewsMore about:
- 1Moscow claims Ukrainian jet flew close to Malaysian airliner
- 2MH17 flight recorders are handed over by Ukrainian rebels
- 3Demonstrations in Israeli cities over Gaza conflict
- 4EU foreign ministers expected to discuss further sanctions on Russia
- 5Israeli air strikes continue as death toll in Gaza conflict escalates
- 1298 killed as Malaysia Airlines passenger jet shot down over Ukraine
- 2[LIVE UPDATE] Malaysia Airlines MH17: Dutch forensic team arrives at crash site
- 3‘Lonely and alienated’ Oscar Pistorius involved in nightclub scuffle
- 4Researchers reach mysterious giant crater in Siberia
- 5Ukraine: Black boxes recovered from downed Malaysian airliner
Wires > News
- 15:33 CET TransAsia Airways plane crashes on landing in Taiwan, killing 40 -…
- 15:30 CET Somali woman MP famed for political songs shot dead by Islamists
- 15:20 CET South Korea ferry fugitive hid behind cabin wall, bags of cash at…
- 15:01 CET Bomb targeting imam in north Nigeria kills at least 15
- 14:20 CET Sisi’s bold start on economic reforms buys Egypt some time
- 14:08 CET Afghanistan, Yemen among U.S.-honoured development projects
- 13:41 CET Syria says hopes new peace mediator will be fair
- 13:15 CET EU refers Italy to court over Milan airport state aid