Israel’s Netanyahu set to win record 5th term as PM

Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg speaks to the media at the National Action Network's annual convention in New York City

Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg speaks to the media at the National Action Network's annual convention in New York City

A third poll showed the opposite, with Blue and White holding a one-seat advantage.

At the sessions, which Rivlin said would be broadcast live "to ensure transparency", he will then pick a party leader to try to form a coalition, giving the candidate 28 days to do so, with a two-week extension if needed.

The results were likely to take fuller shape as vote counting progressed in the early morning.

Addressing cheering supporters who waved Israeli flags at an event hall in Tel Aviv, Gantz called it a "historic day". It would be his record fifth term as premier.

"He's a magician!" the crowd chanted as fireworks flared and Netanyahu kissed his wife Sara.

"It will be a rightwing government, but I will be prime minister for all", he said.

"I'd like to congratulate" Netanyahu, said Trump, after almost complete results put the incumbent premier in position to form a coalition and extend his long tenure.

Later in the day, the United States president turned to Twitter to share a photo of Netanyahu's victory celebration from Tuesday night.

Shushan Levi, 61, called Gantz's performance an "enormous victory for an alliance so new".

"He was my commander in the army 40 years ago". To save his political career, Mr Netanyahu has aligned with pro-settlement Jewish supremacists who are openly racist against Arabs.

Rugby Australia blasts Folau over 'hell awaits homosexuals' comment
International Gay Rugby, the global organisation for the world's gay and inclusive rugby clubs, also hit out at the 30-year-old. Rugby Australia said it was aware of the post and had engaged the Rugby Australia Integrity Unit to investigate.

The 69-year-old Netanyahu has been the dominant force in Israeli politics for the past two decades and its face to the world.

He engaged in populist rhetoric that critics said amounted to the demonisation of Arab Israelis and others.

Salvini, who is head of the far-right League party, also sent a "big hug" to the Israeli people in a comment accompanied by a photograph of Salvini and Netanyahu shaking hands and smiling.

Though the Palestinian issue was rarely mentioned in the raucous campaign, Netanyahu had in the final stretch pledged for the first time to annex parts of the occupied West Bank in a desperate bid to rally his right-wing base. If he does indeed hang on it will be in part because of his willingness to boost racist, far-right politicians.

"The biggest issue is Netanyahu himself: whether Israelis are exhausted of Netanyahu, whether they're put off by the stench of corruption that surrounds him, whether they want a change, or whether they prefer to stick with a safe pair of hands and a statesman that obviously enjoys good relations with many world leaders", Northeastern University Professor Dov Waxman told RT. "There's actually been very little debate - a striking lack of debate - over Israeli policies". But with Trump's moves on Jerusalem and the Golan, the prime minister may feel emboldened to advocate annexation.

Gantz and Lapid had agreed to alternate in the role of prime minister if they were tasked with forming a governing coalition for the next five-year term, but analysts always warned that this would be hard given the parliamentary arithmetic. "They have said no to peace and yes to the occupation". He opposes unilateral moves.

Explore: Do Trump and Netanyahu have a mutually beneficial relationship?

Two of his potential allies, hawkish former Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman and economic-centric Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, have yet to formally confirm they would sit with Netanyahu and could emerge as wildcards.

This means that Netanyahu will be able to serve his fifth term, thus, becoming the longest-serving leader of Israel.

Recommended News

  • Dwyane Wade Gets Emotional in Speech Before Last NBA Game

    Dwyane Wade Gets Emotional in Speech Before Last NBA Game

    I'm thankful for this entire season". "I still got my drink", he says in the clip, showing off the bit of what was left in the cup.
    Budweiser’s emotional Dwyane Wade tribute hits you right in the tear ducts

    Budweiser’s emotional Dwyane Wade tribute hits you right in the tear ducts

    The 37-year-old superstar has already made it no secret since the start of the season that he is on his last playing year with the Heat.
    Japan Olympic minister steps down after series of gaffes

    Japan Olympic minister steps down after series of gaffes

    Sakurada, who also doubled as cybersecurity strategy chief, said in November that he did not use a computer . Sakurada is the eighth Cabinet minister to resign since Abe returned to power in 2012.
  • The US Open Final: Who Will Make it?

    The 34-year-old Swiss won the first two sets 6-4 and 7-5, forcing an injured and struggling Djokovic to retire in the third. If she’s at her best, then she’ll make it to the final and if she performs on the day the title will be hers.
    Rochester police help with crackdown on sex trafficking

    Rochester police help with crackdown on sex trafficking

    More than 5,100 cases of human trafficking were reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline in 2018. Investigators would then arrange a meeting place and arrest the suspects as they arrived for an encounter.
    Facebook bans Faith Goldy in latest crackdown on extremist content

    Facebook bans Faith Goldy in latest crackdown on extremist content

    Goldy responded on Twitter by directing followers to her website, writing: "Our enemies are weak & terrified". Facebook says it will remove affiliate representation for these entities, including linked pages and groups.
  • 3 World Series Contenders Nobody is Talking About

    Despite being loaded on offense, the Cardinals have been inefficient in 2019 and rank near the bottom-10 in runs and home runs. Louis has title-winning pedigree and are loaded offensively, but thus far simply haven’t delivered consistent results.
    Your Android phone's volume key can unlock your Google account

    Your Android phone's volume key can unlock your Google account

    Next you need to sign into your Google Account on the device and open your Google security settings on your computer. The feature uses the FIDO Alliance protocols, which have become an industry standard for hardware security keys.
    Hypersonic Rocket Engine Passes Testing Milestone

    Hypersonic Rocket Engine Passes Testing Milestone

    In its next test, Reaction Engines plans to subject the HTX to air at 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit (1,000 degrees Celsius). Reaction Engines, based in Oxfordshire, has successfully tested the new technology at the simulated speed.
  • Academic founders of pro-democracy movement convicted

    Academic founders of pro-democracy movement convicted

    In his summary of the judgment on Tuesday, Justice Johnny Chan said civil disobedience was not a defence to a criminal charge. But Hong Kong judges have since faced mounting pressure from Beijing to hand down heavier sentences to deter future protests.
    Election 2019: Congress Candidate List for Odisha

    Election 2019: Congress Candidate List for Odisha

    Bharat is contesting for the same seat as TDP candidate while Jana Sena has fielded former CBI joint director V.V. His son Nara Lokesh is the TDP candidate from Mangalagiri Assembly segment that covers Undavalli.
    George hits game-winner as Thunder rally to beat Rockets

    George hits game-winner as Thunder rally to beat Rockets

    In order to do that though, they have to win, so the game against Oklahoma City isn't a throwaway for Houston. Short forward George bagged 27 points and sucked in nine rebounds, as well as providing three assists.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.