Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Finance Minister Yair Lapid leave after a joint news conference in Jerusalem July 3, 2013. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/File Photo/File Photo

Civil unrest between Jews and Arabs in Israel dealt a strong blow to efforts by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s opponents to unseat the Israeli leader after a series of inconclusive elections.

Naftali Bennett, head of the ultranationalist Yamina party, said he was abandoning efforts to form a coalition with centre and left-wing parties to form a new government.

The post-election landscape remains largely the same: Netanyahu was given a chance to form a government, and failed. Now the main anti-Netanyahu bloc led by Yair Lapid’s centrist Yesh Atid – ‘There is a Future’ – party also has no obvious route to putting together a majority in the 120-member Knesset.

Bennett, a rightist who was always an unlikely bedfellow with the more moderate Lapid, said he…

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