Listen: Early election results show Israel's top two parties nearly tied
"Now to Israel's general election the latest unofficial results and exit polls show a virtual dead heat and too close to call. It's a rerun of April elections in which Prime Minister Benjamin Jamin Netanyahu one but failed to form a majority government under a deadline Israel's parliament dissolved itself soon after prompted prompting the unprecedented a new election Netanyahu's right-wing wing Likud party appears to have again fallen short of securing parliamentary majority with his ultra religious and nationalist nationalist allies however he says that he is not conceding in just two weeks. Netanyahu is set to appear in court for a a pretrial hearing on a slew of corruption bribery and fraud charges brought by Israel's Attorney General Netanyahu has denied any wrongdoing doing sense of familiar joining us now the president of the Council on Foreign Relations and author of the book a world in disarray Richard Haass so we're going to get to Iran and in just a moment but first. Is there any pathway any possibility looking at the way things look now that Netanyahu can form a government. We've learn not to rule him out right longest serving prime minister in Israel's history but it's hard to see if you take him and his political allies they just don't get to sixty one votes which is what Oh you need in Israel that said it's not clear there's a path for the principal alternative party the so called blue and white party they too might fall short because in Israel you've never had an Arab list of parties as formerly part of a government majority so what what we're now seeing is the possibility of for quote Unquote National Unity Government with Likud with the so called blue and white party with another party led by the former show someone from the Soviet Union of Ignore Lieberman who runs a secular secular right wing nationalist party. The question is if you had a national unity government. I don't think Bibi Netanyahu could be the prime minister of it as others would say we won't make it happen if he is prime minister so at the moment he's hanging by a thread okay and amidst all this the charges against him What is he looking at here and can it can impact him while he's serving well. Only if you serving as prime minister does he have immunity and that's why this is so important to them that essentially actually there's a deal we former government you protect me but if he can't form a government then he is vulnerable"