Apr 10, 2019
By Jane Brown
Benjamin Netanyahu has declared victory to his supporters, as he appears headed toward an historic fifth term as Israel’s prime minister.
(Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and his chief rival Benny Gantz both claimed victory after Israelis voted on Tuesday. CreditCreditAgence France-Presse — Getty Images)
Close-to-complete unofficial election results give Netanyahu and his right-wing Likud, and other nationalist and religious parties, a solid majority in parliament.
The outcome affirmed Israel’s continued move to the right and further dimmed hopes of a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Netanyahu had fought a tight race against centrist ex-army chief Benny Gantz.
Re-election will also give Netanyahu an important boost as he braces for the likelihood of criminal charges in a series of corruption scandals.