UPDATE: It appears Netanyahu will no longer be able to form a government despite initial vote counts.
Despite Netanyahu’s victory, the Left goes to court to block him from forming a governmenthttps://t.co/8jVEp5TsN8— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) March 4, 2020
After a third-election over the past two years in Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has finally locked down a resounding victory that will successfully lead to the establishment of a coalition government.
From the Jerusalem Post:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu succeeded in winning 60 seats for his bloc of right-wing and religious parties in Monday’s election, one less than he needed for a majority in the Knesset, according to exit polls on the three television networks.
The exit polls indicated that Netanyahu’s Likud won 36-37 seats. Its allies in Shas, UTJ and Yamina won 9, 7-8 and 6-7 respectively. The polls gave Blue and White 33 seats, its ally Labor-Gesher-Meretz 6-7, the Joint List 14-15 and Yisrael Beytenu 6-8.
The numbers are expected to change overnight. The votes of IDF soldiers, who tend to lean to the Right, have not yet been counted and the Joint List tends to go down a seat when the soldiers’ votes are added. But if the Right does not obtain its 61st seat, it could end up being because the far Right Otzma Yehudit party refused Netanyahu’s repeated requests to quit the race.
The outright victory in Israel’s third election in under a year is expected to enable Netanyahu to quickly form a right-wing coalition after having headed a caretaker government since December 2018.
BREAKING: Israeli election exit polls show PM Netanyahu's Likud party winning 37 seats— Israel News Feed (@IsraelHatzolah) March 2, 2020
With the Blue and White party winning 33 seats
According to all the exit polls PM Netanyahu has a majority of right wing parties to form a coalition government. #IsraElex2020
While Netanyahu, from the Likud Party, has beat out Blue & White opponent Benny Gantz in the past two elections, he was unable to form a government. As a result, new elections were held.
After the results came in showing a victory, Netanyahu tweeted "thanks" and a photo with the caption, "A huge victory for Israel."
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