Exit Polls Predict Narrow Win for Netanyahu

TEL AVIV, Dec. 29, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Israel's Prime Minister and leader of the Likud Party Benjamin Netanyahu (2nd R) attends an event marking the 8th night of Jewish festival Hanukkah with supporters and ministers of his party in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Dec. 29, 2019. (Gideon Markowicz/JINI via Xinhua/IANS) by .
Israel's Prime Minister and leader of the Likud Party Benjamin Netanyahu (2nd R) attends an event marking the 8th night of Jewish festival Hanukkah with supporters and ministers of his party in Tel Aviv. (Gideon Markowicz/JINI via Xinhua/IANS)
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Speaking to his supporters on Tuesday morning in Tel Aviv, Gantz, a former military chief, said that the results of the exit polls were inconclusive, adding that even if the official results matched exit poll data, “Netanyahu couldn’t form a government”…reports Asian Lite News

JERUSALEM, Feb. 20, 2020 (Xinhua) -- A man passes by election billboards depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and opposition leader Benny Gantz (M) in Jerusalem on Feb. 20, 2020. Israel is heading to the third election within a year for the first time in its history after the two previous elections yielded inconclusive results, paralyzing the country's political system. (Photo by Muammar Awad/Xinhua/IANS) by .
A man passes by election billboards depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and opposition leader Benny Gantz (M) in Jerusalem (Photo by Muammar Awad/Xinhua/IANS)

Exit polls on Tuesday predicted a narrow win for incumbent Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the country’s third general elections, while his main rival, centrist Benny Gantz has vowed to “continue struggling”.

The polls indicated that Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party gained about 37 seats while Gantz’s centrist Blue and White party got 32-34 seats in the elections that were held on Monday, reports Xinhua news agency.

Meanwhile, the exit polls also showed that Netanyahu’s party and allies gained 59 or 60 seats, meaning the bloc fell short of two or one seat(s) needed for a majority coalition in Israel’s 120-seat Parliament or Knesset.

Speaking to his supporters on Tuesday morning in Tel Aviv, Gantz, a former military chief, said that the results of the exit polls were inconclusive, adding that even if the official results matched exit poll data, “Netanyahu couldn’t form a government”.

JERUSALEM, May 27, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement in Israeli parliament in Jerusalem, on May 27, 2019. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Monday that he is making tremendous efforts to form a new government in the last 48 hours before the deadline. However, he admitted that he had not yet persuaded Avigdor Lieberman, head of Yisrael Beiteinu party, to join the coalition. (Xinhua/JINI/IANS) by JINI.
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He said that his party will “remain unified, strong and loyal to our path,” and that the Blue and White “may still force a unity government”, which will also include the Likud party.

“We’re still in this fight,” he added.

Israelis went to the polls on Monday for a third vote within a year in the country’s parliamentary elections, hoping to break the deadlock that has paralyzed the nation’s political system.

Nearly 6.5 million Israelis aged 18 years or older were eligible to cast their ballots in more than 11,000 polling stations.

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