Projected results of Israel election

Projected results of Israel election

The Israelis voted in parliamentary elections to give Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu another, fifth term, but the results of the exit polls are contradictory, and it is not yet known who will be the Israeli Prime Minister.

With ex-military chief Benny Gantz's centrist Blue and White coalition leading in the polls, Netanyahu pulled out all the stops to shore up right-wing support.

Incumbent premier Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud was on path for victory despite being tied with Blue and White since he would be able to form a coalition government with right-wing and ultra-Orthodox partners. Both parties are part of Netanyahu's current coalition.

The closely contested race was widely seen in Israel as a referendum on Mr Netanyahu's character and record in the face of corruption allegations.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Rainer Breul said Israel is already fully aware of Germany's concerns about Jewish settlements on occupied territory.

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that election results handing a narrow victory to right-wing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu give a "better chance" to a yet to be unveiled United States peace plan.

"We won, the Israeli people spoke".

In the end his Likud party far out-performed expectations and is projected to have won around 35 seats, like Gantz.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) greets supporters at his Likud Party headquarters in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on election night early on April 10, 2019.

"He's a magician!" the crowd chanted as fireworks flared and Netanyahu kissed his wife Sara.

Netanyahu denies any wrongdoing and will have the opportunity to plead his case at a pre-trial hearing against the filing of potential bribery and fraud charges.




Netanyahu's message of unity contrasted with his campaign theme in which he accused Gantz of conspiring with Arab parties to topple him.

Mr Trump told reporters at the White House that Netanyahu's re-election improved the chances of peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

True to form, Netanyahu issued a controversial pledge only three days before the election, saying he planned to annex Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank should he win. Palestinians seek a state there and in the Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

During the campaign, Gantz said a government under his stewardship would pursue peace, but stopped short of committing to the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Palestinian official Saeb Erekat lamented that the Israelis voted to maintain "the status quo".

Some votes - including of soldiers, diplomats, and prisoners - have yet to be counted because they cast their votes in unusual circumstances that take longer to be counted.

Cavusoglu also called on the United States to be an "honest broker" in the Mideast dispute, saying a US peace plan for the region must be fair and objective toward Palestinians.

Despite its weakness, Israel's opposition must present an alternative vision based on advancing peace, increasing regional belonging in Europe and the Middle East, and anchoring Israel to the club of liberal democracies.

The election outcome affirmed Israel's continued tilt to the right and further dimmed hopes of a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

More important, smaller right-wing and religious parties won enough seats to allow him to form a coalition with a comfortable majority.

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