Our Tel Aviv reporter│ 10 April 2019 │ 12:00
Results of the just concluded Israeli parliamentary elections show the Likud party of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tallying with the new Blue and White of ex-general Benny Gantz, a major challenger.
More than 97 percent of the ballots were counted, final results were expected by Thursday. The Likud and other right-wing parties allied to Netanyahu have so far secured 65 seats in the 120-seat parliament.
Corruption allegations levelled against the 69-year-old Netanyahu lingers and may have threatened his prospect in the election.
In accordance with results of parliamentary seats, the most likely allies in a coalition option for Netanyahu’s Likud party (35) includes Shas (8), United Torah Judaism (8), Union of Right-Wing Parties (8), Yisrael Beytenu (5), and Kulanu (4).
Benny Gantz’s Blue and White party and their allies have yet constituted 45 seats as results show.
Should the tally remain at the end of the last count on Thursday, President Reuven Rivlin may have to ask either of the candidates to form a coalition government, or according to speculations, Benjamin Netanyahu is the likely choice.