Benjamin Netanyahu declared victory for his party, Likud, and his center-right coalition on Tuesday afternoon after a hard fought election.
He wasn’t the only candidate to claim the prize of finishing in first, though. His chief rival, Isaac Herzog, also claimed to have had a victorious election. However, the likely outcome now that the main opposition party the Zionist Union has failed to secure a sure victory is that Netanyahu will continue as the Prime Minister. The likeliest path to stable government will be for Netanyahu to move further to the right to shore up the majority of seats in the Knesset and assure that he will continue as Prime Minister.
The most important name in this election may actually have been Moshe Kahlon, who is the leader of Koolanu, which is a center-right party that had teamed up with the left leading into the election in an effort to unseat Netanyahu. Now that that has failed, members of the right hope that with enough incentive Kahlon and his party will move back to the right to ensure a center-right government.
This is a big victory for Netanyahu and Likud, who were thought to be all but finished after late polling showed they had fallen significantly behind. However, it seems that the poll numbers were wrong and Netanyahu was able to do enough in the end to draw voters back to the right.
JERUSALEM (AP) _ Israel's Netanyahu declares victory in tight election.
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