JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was on the right track to safe a right-wing governing coalition, in line with Israeli TV exit polls broadcast after voting ended on Tuesday.
Each he and his important rival Benny Gantz claimed victory after the polls confirmed that Gantz’s centrist Blue and White Social gathering and Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud had received about the identical variety of seats within the 120-member parliament.
However with neither social gathering capturing a ruling majority within the Knesset, the polls, on the nation’s important TV channels, put Netanyahu in a stronger place to kind a authorities with the assistance of right-wing factions.
Netanyahu, in energy consecutively since 2009 after a primary time period from 1996 to 1999, is preventing for his political survival. He faces doable indictment in three corruption circumstances during which the right-wing chief has denied any wrongdoing.
If he wins, Netanyahu, 69, will obtain a document fifth time period and turn into Israel’s longest-serving prime minister this summer season.
Writing by Jeffrey Heller Ron Bousso; Extra reporting by Rami Ayyub in Rosh Ha’ayin; Ron Bousso and Rawan Sheikh Ahmad in Haifa; Rahaf Ruby and Stephen Farrell in Jerusalem; Enhancing by Giles Elgood and Alison Williams