Israel heads to 3rd straight election after parliament vote

  • In this Sept. 19, 2019 file photo, Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz, left, Esther Hayut, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel, center, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attend a memorial service for former President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem. Barring a nearly unfathomable about face, Israel is headed Wednesday, Dec. 11 toward an unprecedented third election within a year - prolonging a political stalemate that has paralyzed government and undermined its citizens’ faith in the democratic process. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)

JERUSALEM — Israel’s parliament on Wednesday dissolved after failing to meet a midnight deadline for forming a new government, triggering an an unprecedented third election in a 12-month period while giving scandal-plagued Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a welcome break as he fights to save his political career.

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