Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on July 14, 2019. – Netanyahu today warned the head of Lebanon’s Tehran-backed Hezbollah that “crushing” retaliation would follow any attack after its leader said the group’s rockets could reach Tel Aviv. (Photo by RONEN ZVULUN / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read RONEN ZVULUN/AFP/Getty Images)
The fourth parliamentary elections in the past two years took place in Israel on March 23. Based on the results of the vote, the 24th Knesset will be composed and the country’s prime minister appointed. Final results should be announced later in the week.
According to the exit polls from the elections the country may face another political impasse, as the parliament was divided between opponents and supporters of the country’s longest-serving leader Netanyahu.
Initially, Israel’s leading media announced the Likud victory after the election. In social media Netanyahu claimed his victory over the group of left-wing, centre and rightist parties that were trying to unseat him.
However, the opposition’s results were higher than expected. According to the exit-polls 120 seats in the parliament will be divided equally. Netanyahu’s critics pointed out the corruption charges against the country’s leader and accused him of mishandling the pandemic.
Netanyahu himself stressed out Israel’s highly successful coronavirus vaccination campaign, which permitted to open the stores and restaurants. Another major arguments was the signing of diplomatic accords with four Arab countries, brokered by former US president Donald Trump.
At a Likud rally, Netanyahu claimed that its projected number of seats in parliament was approximately 30, what was “a great achievement” and that he hoped to form a “stable right-wing government”.
A government headed by Netanyahu may form a strong right-wing coalition with the support from Bennett and ultra-Orthodox parties. Despite the hope on a “stable government”, Israel may face the fifth election.
Amid the election process in Israel, Hamas launched rockets targeting sites near Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip and near Deir Al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, according to Palestinian reports. According to the claims of Israeli Defense Forces. In response, IDF jets and attack helicopters struck a Hamas rocket manufacturing site and military post.
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