US President Donald Trump has said that Israel’s general election race will be a tight one. “Big election in Israel. It’s going to be close… it’s a 50/50 election,” the president said.
Trump also tweeted that he spoke to Netanyahu, to whom he enjoys a special relationship with, about a possible joint defense treaty between the two countries. “I had a call today with Prime Minister Netanyahu to discuss the possibility of moving forward with a Mutual Defense Treaty, between the United States and Israel, that would further anchor the tremendous alliance between our two countries”.
“I look forward to continuing those discussions after the Israeli Elections when we meet at the United Nations later this month,” Trump added.
Reacting on Twitter, the Netanyahu thanked Trump for the support he has given him.
“Thank you my dear friend President Trump. The Jewish State has never had a greater friend in the White House. I look forward to our meeting at the UN to advance a historic Defense Treaty between the United States and Israel. We will continue together with full force our common battle against terrorism,” he wrote.
Polls from various aggregated media sources are predicting that Benyamin Netanyahu’s Likud’s party and Benny Gantz’s Blue and White party will both win 32 seats apiece.
General elections for the 22nd Knesset began today with the opening of the polling stations at 7:00 am this morning and will close at 10 pm.