Exit polls give Prime Minister 31 Knesset seats • Biggest surprise of the elections is Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid, with 19 seats • Difference between political blocs very small, with left bloc garnering 58 and right wing bloc 62.
The Netanyahu family cast their votes Tuesday morning (from left to right): Sara, Benjamin, Yair and Avner.
Photo credit: Mark Israel Selem
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud-Beytenu list won 31 Knesset mandates, followed by Yesh Atid at 19, exit polls broadcast by Israel’s three leading television stations showed on Tuesday night.
Final results will be published by the Central Elections Commission on Wednesday.
At 22:17, Netanyahu declared victory with a message on his Facebook page. “I wish to thank the millions of the citizens of Israelcarried out their democratic right today. According to the exit polls it is clear that the citizens of Israel have decided that they want me to continue in the position of prime minister of Israel and that I form as wide a coalition government as possible. The early results are a big opportunity for many changes that will favor all of Israel’s citizens. The elections are behind us and many complex challenges lie ahead. Starting tonight I will start the efforts to form a government that will be as wide as possible,” Netanyahu wrote.