Israeli election – Both leaders claim victory

ISRAELI political leaders on both sides of the aisle have declared victory in the Israeli elections.

Exit-polls revealed this could be the closest election in the country’s history, but both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his opposition, Blue and White leaders Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid, claim they will lead the country.

“The right-wing bloc led by Likud won a clear victory. I thank the citizens of Israel for your trust. I will start assembling a right-wing government with our natural partners this very evening,” Netanyahu posted on Twitter.

But, despite his claim, this is not a clear victory yet.

“We won! The Israeli public has had its say!” Gantz and Lapid say.

Exit polls in Israel are notoriously unreliable, so both leaders might be clutching at straws as Israelis go to sleep tonight.

Israel’s Channel 12 News has left and right blocs tied with 60 votes each, Channel 13 has the right-wing bloc ahead with 66 seats while the public broadcaster, Kan, has the right-win bloc ahead with 64 seats.

In the last Israeli elections, exit polls predicted Netanyahu was tied with the Zionist Union Party, and that he wouldn’t be able to form a coalition but he went on to win 30 seats, as opposed to the Zionist Party’s 24, and remain Prime Minister.

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