Benjamin Netanyahu and political newcomer Benny Gantz both claimed victory on Tuesday night with exit polls showing the rivals virtually tied in a nail-biting election in Israel.
At this moment, it all depends on which media outlets your listening to in Israel as to who has won, with some declaring Netanyahu and others Gantz.
One television poll predicted that Netanyahu’s rightwing bloc and Mr Gantz’s centre-right alliance, led by the Blue and White party, were deadlocked with about 60 seats each in the 120-member Knesset, while two other surveys gave the prime minister and his allies a slight lead.
But both candidates have went to their election headquarters with both giving victory speeches while the exit polls showing the race to be a dead heat. Now there will be an anxious wait for final results that were due over the next hours.
Netanyahu tweeted “The rightwing bloc under the Likud’s leadership won a decisive victory.” Gantz declared: “We are the winners” to supporters chanting “The next PM”.
And in the Israeli election process, it is the President who nominates the prime-minister-designate from the election outcome and that is President Rivlin. And with this race in a virtual dead heat, he could chose either.
So it may be a while before the actual outcome of this election is known.
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