Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival Benny Gantz are both tied in votes and are unable to form a coalition after almost all the votes cast yesterday in Tuesday’s parliamentary elections were counted.
After more than 92% of the votes counted, the parties of the two rivals each won 32 seats out of 120 in the Knesset and failed with their respective allies to cross the 61-member threshold to obtain a majority in the House.
According to local Israeli media, Blue and White and Likud would each obtain 32 seats, the Unified Arab List 12, Shas and Yisrael Beiteinu 9, Unified Judaism of Torah 8, Yamina 7, the Labour-Gesher Union 6 and the Democratic Union 5.
Therefore the center-left block with 55 seats and the center-right block with 56 would not be able to form a majority to run the government.
As with the last election, Avigdor Lieberman of the Yisrael Batynu party holds the power to determine which side he wants to give his seats to. He has repeatedly said that he wishes to join a “national unity” government that does not include the ultra-Orthodox parties.