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Elections underway as current PM, Benjamin Netanyahu battles to return

Israelis are currently at the polls as they participate in the country's election which is underway.

Millions in Israel are voting in what is expected to be a close race between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's party and a centre-left alliance.

Opposition party, the centre-left Zionist Union promises to repair relations with Palestinians and the international community while Mr Netanyahu, whose party has trailed in opinion polls, vowed on Monday not to allow the creation of a Palestinian state if he wins a 4th term.

Polls opened at 07:00 (05:00 GMT) and are due to close at 22:00.

Results could be declared soon afterwards, but a lengthy period of negotiations over the formation of the next coalition government may follow.

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