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Israel votes... again: Netanyahu and Lieberman spar over religious right

By: François PICARD Follow | Alessandro XENOS

Neither Israel's prime minister nor his far-right former defence minister Avigdor Lieberman are blinking in their showdown over whether ultra-Orthodox Jews should do military service. Is this the Jewish state's new political divide, between secularists and the religious? With the left fading from relevancy, we ask if this will become the new hot-button issue when Israelis vote again in September. The stakes are personal for Netanyahu: he is seeking immunity in several corruption probes.


Produced by Alessandro XENOS, Juliette LAURAIN and Ingri BERGO.

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