Benjamin Netanyahu is about to become Prime Minister of the Jewish State again. The right has just won the majority in the legislative elections. Perhaps Israel will have the most right-wing government in its history.
Outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid congratulated his rival Benjamin Netanyahu on the evening of November 3 for his “victory” in the November 1 legislative elections, his spokesman said in a statement.
“The State of Israel is above all political considerations. I wish Netanyahu success, for the sake of the people of Israel and the State of Israel,” Lapid added.
Israelis have voted for their fifth legislative elections in three and a half years, in a politically divided country that is struggling to give birth to coalitions or to maintain them.
The most right-wing government in Israel’s history?
On Thursday, after 99% of the votes counted, Netanyahu’s “right bloc” is credited with 64 elected -31 for his right-wing party (Likud), 19 for the ultra-Orthodox parties and a record 14 for the radical right – in what analysts say could be the most right-wing government in the country’s history.
Outgoing Prime Minister Yair Lapid, leader of the centrist party Yesh Atid (“There is a future”) is heading for a harvest of 24 elected for his party, and 51 for his bloc with his allies.
Last year, he rallied a motley coalition (right, left, center and an Arab party) to end the reign of Benjamin Netanyahu, the longest-lasting head of government in Israel’s history, in power in 1996 to 1999 and from 2009 to 2021.
Once the final results are known, Israeli President Isaac Herzog, whose function is essentially symbolic, will mandate an elected official to form a government. The latter will then have 42 days to do so.