Israel’s general election – the fourth inside two years – has produced no clear winner. It comes as no surprise given the raucous and contradictory nature of Israeli politics.

The incumbent Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, 71, has won some 30 seats for his Likud group in the 120-member parliament, the Knesset. But he doesn’t look as though he will be able to win over allies from other parties to win an overall majority of 61 seats.