Benjamin Netanyahu, rival neck and neck

Benjamin Netanyahu, rival neck and neck
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu casts his vote at a voting station in Jerusalem.-AFP

Occupied Jerusalem - The surveys by Israeli television stations showed Netanyahu's right-wing Likud with 31-33 of parliament's 120 seats.



By Reuters

Published: Tue 17 Sep 2019, 11:00 PM

Last updated: Wed 18 Sep 2019, 1:30 AM

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's battle for political survival looked set to continue for days or weeks after Israeli exit polls at the end of Tuesday's election showed the race too close to call.
The surveys by Israeli television stations showed Netanyahu's right-wing Likud with 31-33 of parliament's 120 seats compared with 32-34 for the centrist Blue and White led by former general Benny Gantz. The exit polls indicated that Netanyahu's ally-turned-rival, ex-defence minister Avigdor Lieberman, could be the kingmaker, with the backing of his far-right Yisrael Beitenu party critical to the formation of any ruling coalition.


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