Former Israeli Prime Minister and Likud party leader Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at an election-night event on November 1, 2022 in Jerusalem, Israel. Exit polls showed Netanyahu holding a narrow lead late on Election Day, the country’s fifth in four years that will name a new Knesset, the 120-seat parliament. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)
UPDATED 10:09 AM PT – Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could be reclaiming his old office.
On Tuesday, Israel held its fifth parliamentary election in four years. Exit polls showed that Netanyahu’s right-wing alliance could shatter the eight-party coalition that is currently in power. If the current tally is representative of incoming ballots, the right could secure 72 spots in the 120 seat Knesset.
“Should final results match those of exit polls, I will establish a national government that will take care of all of Israel’s citizens, without an exception, all of them,” Netanyahu said.
The final results of the election are expected to be announced on Friday.
Israel’s right wing has run on a platform of national security and election integrity.