After a night full of suspense and twists and turns in Israel on the 9th of April, the outgoing Israeli Prime Minister, Benyamin Netanyahu, regained the lead the next day.
The Likud candidate Benyamin Netanyahu is given victory in the legislative elections and would be on the way to a fifth term after counting almost all the votes, which shows him in a better position to form the next government. “Netanyahu is Israel’s next minister,” said the daily Maariv newspaper.
Netanyahu to be reappointed as he faces an imminent charge of corruption
Media projections based on a 97% count of ballots give Benyamin Netanyahu’s party as many seats (35) as Benny Gantz’s center-right blue-white list. However, they anticipate around Benyamin Netanyahu a potential right-wing majority of 65 mandates out of 120 in the next Knesset. In such a configuration, it seems highly unlikely that President Reuven Rivlin will entrust the task of forming a coalition of government to someone other than Benyamin Netanyahu in the coming days.
The victory would also allow Mr. Netanyahu, 69, to be reappointed as he faces an imminent charge of corruption. A dominant global player who has built a strong economy, Mr. Netanyahu is widely credited with maintaining the country’s security and delivering a series of long-awaited diplomatic victories, many of them thanks to President Trump.
Likud activists placed surveillance cameras in polling stations in Arab districts
Some 6.3 million voters were called upon to elect their 120 deputies and decide whether the uncontrollable Netanyahu, beloved by some, hated by others, would continue his long reign or whether the time for change had come with the novice Gantz. The outcome was uncertain to the end, and about two hours before the deadline, the two rivals were still frantically beating the recall of their troops. The left comes out laminated. The historic Labour Party is credited with 6 seats and one of its leaders, Shelly Yachimovich, said she was “in shock”.
The elections were also marked by a low turnout of Arab voters, it was only 30% at 6 p.m. in the Arab sector (in 2015, it was 63%). Earlier in the day, several media outlets, reported that Likud activists had placed some 1,300 surveillance cameras in polling stations in Arab districts on the grounds that they were more “vulnerable” to electoral fraud.