Israel election: Netanyahu, rival tied as majority votes counted


PTI, Sep 18, 2019, 2:30 PM IST

Jerusalem: Israel’s ruling Likud party and its main rival Blue and White party are tied at 32 seats each, putting the country’s longest-serving prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on shaky ground with his right-wing bloc falling five short of a majority in the 120-member Parliament.

According to the Times of Israel, Netanyahu’s Likud and centrist challenger Benny Gantz’s Blue and White stood at 32 seats each after counting of 90 per cent of ballots were completed. The elections were held on Tuesday.

The secular Yisrael Beitenu party won 9 seats, making its leader Avigdor Lieberman the kingmaker in the elections, as predicted earlier in the exit polls.

Netanyahu, 69, called the snap election after failing to form a governing coalition with a viable majority after April’s vote.

Joint List, an alliance of mostly Arab Israeli parties, stood at the third place with 12 seats, followed by the ultra-Orthodox Shas with nine seats.

United Torah Judaism has 8, Yamina has 7, Labour-Gesher is at 6 and the Democratic Camp has 5.

Lieberman, 61, on Wednesday said that “the picture is clear… There is only one option and it’s a broad liberal unity government” comprising of Likud, Blue and White and his own Yisrael Beitenu.

Lieberman asserted that he will not join any other coalition.

The news report stated that Netanyahu rejected the idea of a coalition that would include the Joint List as a partner, saying there cannot be a government that relies on parties that praise and glorify bloodthirsty terrorists who kill our soldiers, our citizens, our children.

Gantz, 60, on Wednesday told supporters that his party’s campaign had completed the mission.

We proved that the idea called Blue and White, an initiative that we started a few months ago, is a success, big-time, and it’s here to stay, Gantz was quoted as saying by the Times of Israel.

Earlier, the exit polls stated that the right-wing bloc led by Netanyahu is projected to win between 55-57 seats, but his main challenger Gantz’s Blue and White party also does not have the possibility of reaching the magical figure of 61 in a 120-member Knesset (Israeli Parliament), making the possibility of a unity government the most likely one.

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

District bordering Kerala on high alert after 32 students test Covid positive

COVID-19: Total fatalities cross 30,000 in Kerala

PM Modi to offer prayers at Kedarnath temple on Nov 5

Timeline in cruise drugs seizure case

WCD Ministry invites suggestions on draft amendments to juvenile justice rules

Woman in the United States is addicted to eating walls

Centre extends nationwide Covid containment measures till November 30

Related Articles More

UN rights chief: Action on climate a matter of survival

A monk, a student, an artist: Tortured by Myanmar military

United States issues its 1st passport with ‘X’ gender marker

India is concerned about situation in Afghanistan: Pentagon

Hindu-American culture has enriched US: Lawmakers at Congressional Diwali celebration

MUST WATCH

Soma Poojary | Rice Cultivation Information Guide

News Bulletin 28-10-2021

Basavaraj Bommai at Hubballi

Geetagayana at Kaup Beach

Karnataka rajyotsava celebrations: Mass rendition of Kannada songs at Udupi DC Office


Latest Additions

District bordering Kerala on high alert after 32 students test Covid positive

COVID-19: Total fatalities cross 30,000 in Kerala

PM Modi to offer prayers at Kedarnath temple on Nov 5

Karnataka government, ISDC to host conclave of new National Educational Policy

Timeline in cruise drugs seizure case

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.