Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to his supporters at around 3 am and urged them to stand by him.
“We have been faced with an election campaign against us, biased media “We are still waiting for the final results, but one thing is certain: the State of Israel is at a historic turning point, and we are facing tremendous opportunities and challenges … including the Iranian threat,” Netanyahu told the crowd.
He also stressed that “Israel needs a strong, stable and Zionist government.”
“There can be no government that relies on Arab anti-Zionist parties, parties that deny the very existence of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state, parties that praise and glorify terrorists … kill our soldiers, our children, “he said.
According to the latest polls, the center-left bloc would thus obtain 55 seats approaching the required majority (61) against 53 for the right block.
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.