Israel's Election and the Palestinian Authority

Israel's Election and the Palestinian Authority

Incumbent premier Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud was on path for victory despite being tied with Blue and White since he would be able to form a coalition government with right-wing and ultra-Orthodox partners.

A senior leader of the Palestinian terror group Hamas on Wednesday dismissed the outcome of Israel's election as irrelevant, as near-final results showed that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing bloc had won a clear majority in the Knesset vote.

World leaders reacted Wednesday to a likely electoral victory for Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with fellow right-wing leaders hailing his triumph while others were more circumspect.

Rivlin said he would begin consultations with party heads next week ahead of making his decision.

Netanyahu celebrated his projected win Tuesday night with scores of supporters who were waving President Trump flags, aware of their longtime friendship.

Israel's attorney general has recommended charging Netanyahu with bribery, breach of trust and fraud in three cases and a potential fourth case emerged during the campaign.

Avigdor Liberman's Yisrael Beytenu party is poised to remain in the next Knesset after winning five seats in the 120-member parliament in Tuesday's election, with almost all the votes counted.

By Wednesday morning, with 97 percent of the votes counted, Likud and Blue and White had won 35 seats each. "They don't want a power sharing arrangement", Barak said. Israel's central elections commission banned parties from bringing cameras into polling stations after Likud party activists were caught with hidden cameras in Arab towns.

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Labour favors a softer Brexit than the government has proposed, and wants to retain a close economic relationship with the bloc. He said: "Please, put us out of our misery now, as this House and this government appear incapable of doing".

The veteran leader, who served his first term as prime minister from 1996 to 1999, crafted a bellicose campaign that focused voters on whether they should take a risk on his politically untested challenger, Benny Gantz. This election leaves the left looking more marginalised - even anachronistic - than ever, with Labour claiming just six of the Knesset's 120 seats. All governments have been coalitions of several parties.

Netanyahu may have a win on his hands, but he now has to form a coalition government.

Italy's right-wing deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini, tweeted his own congratulations to his "friend" Netanyahu.

"Should Netanyahu emerge as the leader, I hope the global community will speak out against the far right positions that he expressed during the election such as the annexation of Palestinian occupied territory". He is very troubled by recent developments, Netanyahu's victory in the elections, and the intention to extend the Israeli law of sovereignty to parts of the West Bank. If it includes Israeli concessions to the Palestinians, Netanyahu's probable far-right coalition allies will probably object.

In a rare turn during the race towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Mr Netanyahu further alarmed Palestinians by pledging to annex Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank if re-elected.

"This is a clear beginning of Netanyahu's fifth term, but his fifth term might end up being his shortest one", says Reuven Hazan, a political scientist from Jerusalem's Hebrew University.

Democratic Senator Tim Kaine asked Pompeo, a former Republican member of the House of Representatives, if he thought a peace agreement including one state for Israel and one state for the Palestinians was an outdated idea.

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