Israel votes with Netanyahu’s future on the line

 Benny Gantz at an Israeli election rally

Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz is surrounded by his supporters as he arrives to campaign in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Sept. 15, 2019. | Oded Balilty/AP Photo

Israeli voters go to the polls Tuesday in an election that will determine whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stays in power.

It is the country’s second national election in five months, coming after Netanyahu’s failed effort to form a governing coalition.

Netanyahu, seeking a fourth straight term, is the longest serving leader in Israel’s history.

Ahead of the vote, he promised to annex Jewish settlements in the Palestinian West Bank, and touted his relationship with President Trump.

Retired military chief Benny Gantz’s centrist Blue and White party was even with Netanyahu’s Likud in polls ahead of the vote.

Gantz said he offered a fresh start. Either side was expected to have trouble forming a majority coalition.

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