Right-wing government led by Benjamin Netanyahu or a coalition against him? Or a new dead end? Divided, Israel, or 6.5 million Israelis, therefore voted on Tuesday for its fourth legislative elections in less than two years against the backdrop of a vaccination campaign against the Covid-19.
The Israeli legislative elections consecrate “the immense victory of the right”, declared late Tuesday evening the outgoing Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu whose Likud party finished first according to the first projections.
“Citizens of Israel, thank you! You have given a huge victory to the right and to the Likud under my leadership. (…) It is evident that an overwhelming majority of Israeli citizens are on the right and want a right-wing government, strong and stable, “tweeted Benjamin Netanyahu.
According to the partial results of the parliamentary elections on Tuesday, Benyamin Netanyahu’s Likud is in the lead with 32 out of 120 seats in the Knesset, far ahead of Yaïr Lapid’s centrist Yesh Atid list which won 16 seats, according to preliminary estimates by Channel 13.
But the right-wing bloc led by Benjamin Netanyahu, supported by the Orthodox parties and that of religious Zionism, has only 54 seats, far from the minimum majority required in the Knesset.
In this situation, Naftali Bennett, credited with 7 seats according to projections, and who has still not officially chosen his camp, could establish himself as the new “kingmaker”.