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Israel faces prospect of a messy coalition

Otherwise, unity govt supporters say, a narrow Likud-led bloc will probably not survive a few months

Israeli workers count ballots cast by citizens living overseas. Jewish voters in Israel have been moving to the political right in the last four decades.

THE headlines in the major newspapers initially reported that Tuesday's parliamentary elections in Israel ended with a deadlock or "may be too close to call".

And, indeed, according to the exit polls neither of the two major Israeli political parties - the ruling right-wing Likud and the