Initial exit polls after Israel's elections Tuesday reportedly indicate Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to secure a parliamentary majority. Israel's three major television stations had challenger Benny Gantz's centrist Blue and White party holding a slight lead over Netanyahu's Likud party, though neither will reportedly be able to control a majority in the Knesset, at least not without the support of former Netanyahu ally Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beitenu party, which has refused to join Netanyahu's coalition. Israel's exit polls can be imprecise, but the consensus among the three stations implies that the forecasts might hold true. If that's the case, complicated political maneuvering will ensue while Netanyahu remains a caretaker prime minister, and he reportedly could be forced out if a broad unity government is formed.

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