Voters Leave Netanyahu in the Driver's Seat, but Give Nationalists Steering Power

Apr 10, 2019 | 21:26 GMT
Israeli supporters of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appear to have plenty to celebrate after preliminary election results were released April 10.

Supporters of the Israeli Likud party wave party and national flags along with a sign showing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as they gather at party headquarters in the coastal city of Tel Aviv on election night early on April 10, 2019.

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With almost every vote counted in the Israeli national elections, and with his chief opponent conceding defeat, the electoral ground favors a fifth term for incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Of the 120 Knesset seats up for a vote, Netanyahu's Likud party looks likely to take 35 seats -- the same number as the Blue and White alliance led by his primary rival, Benny Gantz. As the final tally is counted by April 17, the candidates must wait for a go-ahead by President Reuven Rivlin before attempting to form a governing coalition....

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