Following a dramatic Tuesday night and after some 87% of the votes had been counted as of Wednesday morning, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party appeared close to victory. But, his fate still depends on Yamina leader Naftali Bennett.
The right-wing bloc of Netanyahu supporters currently has 52 mandates; the Center-Left bloc has 56 seats, but Yamina’s seven seats, and now Ra’am’s five seats, could go to either bloc to give it the majority it needs.
Shortly after the exit polls were released, Bennett said, “I will only do what is good for the State of Israel.” He did not elaborate further.
Voter turnout on Tuesday was particularly low – only 66.9% – marking the lowest turnout in the past four elections.
The results after 89% of the votes have been counted on Wednesday morning as of 10am Israel time are shown in the above image.
AFSI is praying that Israel will not have to go to a fifth election!! The country is clearly leaning right, but personalities seem to be getting in the way. We congratulate our many friends, most of whom are now in the government and wish they had all made it in.