Exit polls: Tight race in Israel’s elections
Exit polls from Israel Public Broadcaster KAN predict 37 seats for Benny Gantz’s Blue and White party and 36 seats for Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud party. Channel 12 puts Gantz on 37 seats and Netanyahu on 33. Channel 13 puts both parties on 36 seats.
After a tightly-fought race with former general Benny Gantz, the preliminary exit polls, all giving slightly different projections, mean Netanyahu is on course to continue leading the Israeli government, securing a record fifth term and becoming Israel’s longest-serving prime minister in the summer.
Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked’s New Right Party did not pass the threshold. However, the latest reports show that the party needs less than 600 votes to gain seats in the next Knesset.
The ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism party gained 7 seats. The Arab party Hadash-Ta’al received 6 seats. The ultra-left-wing Meretz party was given 5 seats while the Union of Right-Wing Parties, which includes the far-right Otzma Yehudit party, had 5 seats. Shas earned 6 seats and the Arab list of Ra’am-Balad has 5 seats.
Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu earned 5 seats, Moshe Kahlon’s Kulanu earned 4 seats, and Orly Levy-Abecassis’s Gesher Party earned did not cross the threshold.