Netanyahu claims victory in the election

Following the release of unofficial figures from the Israeli election, Benjamin Netanyahu in a twitter post claimed that his Likud Party has won the election.

Iran PressMiddle East: Unofficial figures from three major television channels released late on Tuesday evening showed the Likud party with around 31-33 seats in the 120-seat parliament, the Knesset, but still short of a clear parliamentary majority needed to form a government and end the political deadlock.

Meanwhile, the three main Israeli television channels reporting the unofficial results in the elections, based on the opinion polls, announced that there is no definite winner in this election yet.

The full results could take days to come in.

Matti Tuchfeld, a commentator for the Israel Hayom daily newspaper, said there were large uncertainties around this election.

Israeli law dictates that parties need a minimum of 3.25% of all votes to even enter the Knesset, meaning that fractional changes in ballots could sway the results in significant ways.

Israelis voted on Tuesday in the country’s fourth national election in less than two years.


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