UPDATED: The AP has called the race for Netanyahu.
Two Israeli TV stations project narrow victory for Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Likud party in parliamentary elections.
Two Israeli TV stations project narrow victory for Prime Minister Netanyahu's Likud party in parliamentary elections. https://t.co/kH5zDJ2D7a
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 9, 2019
— Ruth Marks Eglash (@reglash) April 10, 2019
Fireworks on stage as #Israel’s PM @netanyahu ends his speech @ #Likud party’s election night event in Tel Aviv,at which he declared victory. His rival, Blue & White party leader @gantzbe also declared victory earlier this evening. Early results give Likud a 4 point lead @VOANews pic.twitter.com/Tg3x2syEoi
— Michael Lipin (@Michael_Lipin) April 9, 2019
The polls closed for Israel’s elections Tuesday night, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is claiming a victory after exit polls show the race too close to call.
The Associated Press called the election Wednesday morning at 3:05 a.m. local time in Tel Aviv.
Late Tuesday and into early Wednesday in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu claimed victory before his supporters.
“The right-wing bloc led by Likud won a clear victory. I thank the citizens of Israel for their trust,” Netanyahu said on DW.com. “I will begin forming a right-wing government with our natural partners tonight.”
Netanyahu vowed to create a right-wing nationalist government, according to AP.
“I was very moved that the nation of Israel once again entrusted me for the fifth time, and with even greater trust,” Netanyahu said.
According to IsraelElectionLiveResults, Netanyahu’s Likud Party narrowly edged the Blue and White by a 37-36 count. Here’s the listed tally:
3.4M votes tallied. The seats now stand at:
Blue & White 36
Yisrael Beiteinu 6