Elections for Israel’s 24th Knesset began on Tuesday and took just 3 days to complete the count. By Thursday evening, the Israeli Central Elections Committee had processed 100 percent of the ballots.
The final vote count showed that Israel’s ruling Likud party, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, became the largest seat-holder in the Knesset, with 30 seats in the 120-seat governing body.
The Yesh Atid, the largest opposition party, chaired by Yair Lapid, came in second with 17 seats. Shas, an orthodox political party came in third with 9.
The centrist Blue and White political alliance became the fourth largest party with 8 mandates; religious conservative alliance United Torah Judaism (UTJ), right-wing Yamina, religious conservative alliance United Torah Judaism (UTJ), Israel Labor Party and Yisrael Beiteinu each received 7 seats.
The newly-formed New Hope, the Joint List alliance of Arab parties, and the Religious Zionism party secured 6 mandates each, while the left-wing Meretz party secured 5. The United Arab List (Ra’am) party was not expected to reach the electoral threshold based on but dud make it by getting 4 seats.
With these results, neither supporters nor opponents of Prime MinisterNetanyahu gained the necessary parliamentary majority of 61 votes in the 120-seat Knesset. If the new convocation fails to form a government in the allocated time frame, it will also be dissolved. The next elections, which would be the fifth in less than three years, could be scheduled for the fall of 2021.