The Israeli Prime Minister’s party is confidently leading the Knesset. This is evidenced by preliminary data published by the Central Election Commission, Reuters video service reported.
The Benjamin Netanyahu party leads the parliamentary elections in Israel – the third in less than a year. According to preliminary data published on the website of the Central Election Commission, the center-right Likud is gaining about 29% of the vote. Its main rival – the party of the former head of the General Staff Benny Ganz “Kahol-Lavan” – gets a little more than 23%.
The success of Netanyahu was also predicted by exit polls. Supporters greeted the 70-year-old prime minister with glee. Speaking to those gathered on Tuesday night, the head of the cabinet called his victory especially “sweet.”
“After all, this victory, contrary to all misfortunes. Our opponents said that the Netanyahu era was over, but we gathered all our strength and turned the situation around. We turned lemons into lemonade, ”Netanyahu said.
According to the results of past elections – in April and October 2019 – it was not possible to form a majority coalition. The outcome of this vote will be a test of political stability for Netanyahu, the longest leader in Jewish history. According to the forecasts of exit polls, the prime minister, together with allies in the center-right bloc, will receive 60 seats in the 120-seat parliament, 61 mandates are needed to form a coalition. Israeli publications believe that the prime minister will be able to enlist the support of one of the warring parties.
Netanyahu’s last campaign was on the eve of a corruption trial. In the fall of 2019, he was charged immediately with three criminal cases related to bribery, fraud and breach of trust. The premier faces up to 10 years in prison. The process should begin on March 17th. Netanyahu categorically rejects all charges.