Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud took first place in the parliamentary elections on Tuesday. He claims a “huge victory for the right”.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud took first place in the parliamentary elections on Tuesday. He claimed a “huge victory for the right”. However, he has no guarantee of obtaining a majority to form a government. These legislative elections are the fourth organized in the country in nearly two years and after three polls that have placed Benjamin Netanyahu and, his former great rival, Benny Gantz neck and neck.
According to exit polls, Netanyahu’s troops will win between 31 and 33 seats out of 120 in the Knesset (Parliament), far ahead of the Yesh Atid (“There is a future”) party of centrist Yair Lapid credited with 16 to 18 seats. Then come nearly ten parties under the bar of ten seats.
a majority of 61 deputies to form a government, Netanyahu intends to make an alliance with religious groups and, novelty, with the extreme right. As for Lapid, he is counting on an agreement with parties of the left, of the center but also of the right, disappointed by the Prime Minister. According to preliminary projections, neither of the two blocs is at this stage able to rally the 61 deputies. All eyes are therefore on Naftali Bennett, leader of the radical right-wing Yamina party, who has still not chosen his camp.