After two elections in which the Knesset dissolved, exit polls of Israel’s third election in one year indicate that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party will be able to form a government over opposition leader Benny Gantz’s Blue and White party.
Via @Jerusalem_Post: “Benjamin Netanyahu defeats Benny Gantz with striking 60-seat bloc: It is expected that after the third election in one year, this time the prime minister will succeed in forming a government.” #Netanyahu #Israelelections https://t.co/M2AXhqvC9k
— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) March 2, 2020
Netanyahu’s Likud won 36-37 seats. Its allies Shas, UTJ and Yamina won 9, 7-8 and 6-7.
Gantz’s Blue and White won 33 seats, its ally Labor-Gesher-Meretz 6-7, the Joint List 14-15 and Yisrael Beytenu 6-8.
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) March 2, 2020
Likud only needs one more seat in order to obtain the 61 needed to form a government. The numbers are expected to change as the votes of IDF soldiers, have not yet been counted.
The turnout for the unprecedented third election was up from the previous two elections.
Blue and White MKs said they were disappointed with the results but that they expect neither the party to break up, nor the resignation of Benny Gantz as party leader.
If successful in forming a government, Netanyahu will win his 5th nonconsecutive term as Prime Minister of Israel.