Israel election deadlock, Lewandowski's testimony, and a 'Princess Bride' remake? Inconceivable!: The Morning Rundown
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's leadership hangs by a thread with Israel's elections too close to call.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is confronted by the press as he arrives to address supporters at his Likud party's electoral campaign headquarters in Tel Aviv on Wednesday. Menahem Katana / AFP - Getty Images
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Partial results suggested Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party and its main rival, the centrist Blue and White party, were expected to win 32 seats each, according to Israel's election committee.
Final results are expected Wednesday and could swing either way — setting up a period of uncertainty in Israeli politics at a time of renewed tension between the United States' Mideast allies and Iran.
The results could also result in dire consequences for Netanyahu, who is facing possible indictments in three corruption cases.
If he remains prime minister Netanyahu may be able to pass legislation that would grant him immunity, but if he loses he may face jail time.
But any U.S. military action to retaliate for a strike against Saudi Arabia could face resistance in Congress.
"We don't have a defense treaty with Saudi Arabia," said Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn. "We are under no obligation to defend Saudi Arabia and we have no interest in getting involved in an escalating regional conflict between those two countries."
Democrats pressed Corey Lewandowski at a contentious House hearing on Tuesday, with Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., threatening contempt against Trump's former campaign manager for following a White House directive to limit the scope of his testimony.
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While the congressional testimony may have felt a bit circus-like at times for House Democrats, NBC News' Jonathan Allen writes in an analysis that Lewandowski put flesh on the bones of special counsel Robert Mueller's report.