Israel: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wins Again



"This is an unimaginable achievement. I am very moved tonight, a night of tremendous victory. I am very excited that the people of Israel once again trusted me for the fifth time, and with greater confidence. I believe that God and history gave the Jewish people another opportunity to turn their country into a strong nation and that's what I'm working for." – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared an "incredible victory" as emerging results for Israel's general election on Tuesday showed Likud with a clear lead. (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons) 

"This is an unimaginable achievement," Netanyahu told jubilant supporters at Likud Party headquarters in Tel Aviv in the early hours of Wednesday morning. "I am very moved tonight, a night of tremendous victory. I am very excited that the people of Israel once again trusted me for the fifth time, and with greater confidence." 

"I believe that God and history gave the Jewish people another opportunity to turn their country into a strong nation and that's what I'm working for," he said. 

With over 1.6 million ballots counted as of early Wednesday morning in Israel, Likud had 28 percent of the votes ahead of Blue and White at 25 percent. At the same time, Israel's Channel 12 and Channel 13 both updated their exit polls, giving Likud a 35 to 34 seat lead over Blue and White leader Benny Gantz. 

Despite an emerging lead in the ballot results, Netanyahu did recommend patience until the final results are in. 

"A long night, maybe a long day, is still ahead of us and we will wait for the final results," he said. 

However, the Israeli leader said that he has spoken to a number of right-wing party heads and that "nearly all of them" have declared they will support him to form the next government. 

An Israel Hayom report also indicated that Netanyahu may ask Kulanu Party leader Moshe Kahlon, who is a former Likud member, to merge with Likud.



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