After defeating the incumbent PM Yair Lapid in the general elections, Benjamin Netanyahu, who previously held the position from 1990 to 1999 and again from 2009 to 2021, has once again won in 2022.
With a solid advantage of 64 seats in the 120-member Knesset, the right-wing bloc led by Benjamin Netanyahu has made way for his victorious comeback.
The far-right Religious Zionism party, which received 14 seats and rose to become the third-largest party, caught everyone off guard when the final results were announced.Shas and United Torah Judaism, two of Netanyahu’s potential coalition allies, gained 11 and 7 seats, respectively, raising the bloc’s total to 64. National Unity, the party of defence minister Benny Gantz, received 12 seats, while finance minister Avigdor Lieberman received six seats, plus one extra after the double-envelope ballots were counted.
Hadash-Ta’al and United Arab List, two parties with a majority of Arabs, each received five seats, but the breakaway Balad party fell short of the 3.25 percent threshold needed to be admitted to the Knesset.Israel’s former ruling party, Labour, won four seats with an electoral margin of just over 3.25 percent.After 14 months of opposition, the 73-year-old successfully completed his comeback. He is still facing charges of corruption, which he rejects, and the trial will resume in court on Monday.
Israeli media reported that Netanyahu has already started discussions with potential coalition partners about the composition of a new government, but his Likud party has not yet confirmed this information.Benjamin Netanyahu was congratulated on his victory in the Israeli general elections on Thursday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who also expressed his eagerness to continue their collaborative efforts to strengthen the strategic alliance between India and Israel.
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