Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to congratulate Israel on winning the election, the prime minister’s office said Thursday, just 48 hours after polls closed.
Nearly all votes have been tallied, and the latest projections suggest that former Prime Minister Netanyahu and his allies will win 64 seats in the 120-seat parliament. Rapid and his allies are predicted to win his 51st. And Hadash/Tar, an Arab party that does not endorse either leader, is predicted to win five of his.
Israel’s Central Election Commission announced the final allocation of seats for the 25th National Assembly late Thursday, giving Prime Minister Netanyahu and his political allies 64 seats, enough for a ruling majority.
President Isaac Herzog said Wednesday that he will start talks with politicians on forming a new government after the results are officially recognized on November 9.
Netanyahu’s return to the top of government could bring about fundamental changes in Israeli society. Netanyahu’s government has a newly ascending Jewish nationalist religious Zionist/Jewish A faction alliance will almost certainly be included.
Prime Minister Netanyahu responded Tuesday when CNN was asked about his fears that he would lead a far-right government if he returned to power, apparently referring to the Lahm Party. Israeli Government Union.
“We don’t want a government with the Muslim Brotherhood that supports terrorism, denies the existence of Israel, and is quite hostile to the United States. That’s what we’re going to bring,” he said. Netanyahu spoke to CNN in English at his polling place in Jerusalem.
Netanyahu’s allies are discussing changes to the judicial system. This could put an end to Netanyahu’s own corruption trial, which he has pleaded not guilty to.
Netanyahu himself was one of the main issues not only in Tuesday’s election, but also in the four elections that preceded it, with voters and politicians wanting the man popularly known as Bibi in power. They were divided into camps based on what they were doing.
The difficulty in building a stable government in the last four elections is that even some parties that agree with Netanyahu on the issue have refused to cooperate with Netanyahu for personal or political reasons. That’s it.
The election saw the highest voter turnout since 2015. The Central Election Commission said his 71.3% of voters voted.