The outcome of Israel election seems to be supporting a Netanyahu comeback to power following less than two years. The results will be announced in few days.
Following November 1 election, exit polls indicated that former Israeli Prime Minister was in a good position to retake office. His right-wing coalition was projected to gain a slender majority, helped by the strong performance of his far-right allies.
Israeli television exit polls indicated that Israel’s longest-serving premier, who is now on trial for corruption allegations he disputes, was likely to win 61–62 seats in the Knesset. Israeli Knesset has 120 seats.
According to predictions, the centrist Yesh Atid party of caretaker Prime Minister Yair Lapid would likely finish in second position with no more than 24 seats.
Early exit poll results could not reflect the election’s ultimate outcome, which isn’t anticipated until later in the week. But the outcomes suggested that the right would perform better than anticipated. “It looks like Netanyahu is back after 16 months in opposition, plotting his return,” a reporter believes. “Benjamin Netanyahu seems to have pulled off his political resurrection.”
Many Israeli voters were frustrated with the country’s fifth polls in four years. Right-wing fanatic Itamar Ben-Gvir’s ultra-nationalist Religious Zionism alliance, which is currently expected to be the third-largest party with 15 seats in parliament, shook up the election campaign.
Voters’ main worries in a campaign started by defections from Lapid’s improbable ruling coalition of right-wing, liberal, and Palestinian parties were street security and rising prices. But since Netanyahu was accused in 2019 on allegations of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust, his legal fights have fueled the impasse within Israel’s political structure, overshadowing substantive concerns.
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The 73-year-old Netanyahu has been relying on the help of Bezalel Smotrich and Ben-Gvir, two more extreme right-wing figures. Ben-Gvir, an ex-member of Kach, entering a coalition runs the danger of unsettling friends, especially Washington. Lach is an organization on the “terrorist” watch lists of Israel and the United States.
Israeli President Isaac Herzog urged American Jewish groups to recognize the election outcome on Monday. The other week, Herzog met US President Joe Biden at the White House and emphasized Israel’s close relations with Washington.
Israeli media quoted Herzog as saying the outcomes may or may not be to your taste, but the choice of the Israeli citizens should be honored, during a speech to the Jewish Federations of North America. Herzog was apparently referring to the emergence of far-right groups.
Amid rising bloodshed in the West Bank and nearly daily Israeli army incursions, the Israeli election campaign has also been taking place against a background of rising unrest. The campaigns began weeks after a brief confrontation with the Islamic Jihad organization in Gaza in August,
A Netanyahu-led coalition administration will ensure that there will be no political settlement moving ahead at all with the Palestinian people, according to political analysits and Israeli observers. “And there will be no two-state solution and there will be no withdrawal from occupied territories,” a reporters said.
Many right-wing Israeli MPs have previously worked in prior Netanyahu administrations, he said. The right-wing demagogue groups that are currently in power in Israel were essentially [born] from the indictment of the country’s former prime minister.