Against all odd, Netanyahu on his twitter declares:
“Against All Odd, A Great Victory For The Likud And A Major Victory For The People Of Israel”
Earlier the media circulated that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and his chief challenger, Isaac Herzog of the center-left Zionist Union, appeared to win about the same number of seats in Parliament in Tuesday’s election, according to Israeli news media and exit polls, promising a protracted and messy process of forming the next governing coalition.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sounded an alarm about a large turnout of Arab Israeli voters who he said endangered his rule, comments the Arab bloc denounced as racist.
The prime minister, who had fallen behind his main center-left challenger in polling days before Tuesday’s election, accused Arab parties of benefiting from funding by foreigners who sought to topple him.
Hamas was asking the Arabs in Israel to go out and vote for the opposition. Hamas as it seems confesses that Israel exists, how else are they asking the Arabs to go vote in a state election of a state that they denounce and remove from the map? And why would Palestinians, had they not been “racists” themselves be only asking Arabs to vote? Yet now the victory is for Netanyahu and the State of Israel and the Jewish people.
UPDATE: According to The Hill, this election is still too close to call:
Exit polls on Tuesday found Israel’s parliamentary elections are too close to call.
Israel’s Channel 10 projected after the polls closed Tuesday night that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and the Zionist Union slate would each take 27 seats in the next parliament, The Times of Israel reported.
Channel 2 found that Likud had a small lead with 28 seats to Zionist Union’s 27.
With the race that close, it was not immediately clear if Netanyahu would retain his grip on power.
Typically, the president gives the party that wins the most seats a chance to form a coalition government. But if that party isn’t successful, other parties would have a chance to cobble together a ruling bloc of their own.
Even the most prominent parties in Israel typically only win a plurality of votes, in which case it’s up to that party’s leaders to negotiate a coalition that brings them the majority of the body.
Netanyahu returned to power in 2009 with such deal-making.
When the Kadima Party, which won the plurality of voters, failed to unite enough lawmakers under its coalition, Netanyahu’s coalition successfully won power.
This time, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has intimated that he’ll give whichever party has the best chance at success the first attempt at creating a coalition. So despite Tuesday’s election results, the fate of Netanyahu and the Israeli parliament is not sealed.
If the exit polls hold, or remain reasonably close, all eyes will turn to Moshe Kahlon, leader of the newly founded Kulanu party, who split from Netanyahu’s Likud party in 2013 and is expected to pick up as many as 10 Knesset seats in today’s election. Kahlon’s strong showing positions him as kingmaker, with both Netanyahu and Herzog likely requiring his support to pass the 60 seat threshold needed to form a coalition.
He neither sleeps nor slumbers the One who watches over Israel.