Gantz concedes; Israeli PM Netanyahu secures 5th term

Minnie Murray
April 15, 2019

The chosen politician then has 28 days to form a government but can ask for an extension of up to 14 days.

Hanan Ashrawia-a member of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)-pointed to Netanyahu's annexation threat as one of many reasons to be alarmed by the prime minister's reelection and the victory of the Israeli right. "I'd like to congratulate him on a well-thought-out race". Is it a done deal, is Netanyahu going to be back for a fifth term?

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said on Twitter he would begin meeting next week with political parties that won parliamentary seats to hear who they support for prime minister.

JERUSALEM-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secured a clear path to re-election on Wednesday, April 10, with parties on the right set to hand him a parliamentary majority and his main challenger conceding defeat.

So it's quite a success for him, it's a personal success for him. I think we have a chance.

Overall, the right-wing bloc includes 65 seats.

As of press time, with the unofficial vote tally almost complete, Netanyahu's Likud party and its smaller nationalist and orthodox-religious coalition partners looked to have secured a comfortable majority in parliament, besting the Blue and White coalition led by centrist former army general Benny Gantz.

The House Democrats' statement comes just days after Netanyahu won reelection this week by a razor-thin margin over his centrist opponent, Benny Gantz, following a campaign brimming with anti-Arab racism and voter suppression tactics. But the term could also be Netanyahu's shortest, as corruption investigations cast a growing shadow over the right wing of Israeli politics. And democracy has been put to the test with a new law that could weaken the standing of non-Jewish citizens and Netanyahu himself saying the country is the nation state "not of all its citizens, but only the Jewish people".

Netanyahu will be under major pressure to give in to their demands. In a way it was a referendum about Netanyahu, but we must be aware of the investigations going against him. With Iran and Turkey both espousing the Palestinian cause in ever-louder tones, it seems impossible that Saudi Arabia in particular could accept unilateral moves by Israel to assert sovereignty on land that Arab states view as belonging to Palestinians.

We know this was not easy!

A final tally of votes late Thursday showed Netanyahu's Likud party capturing 36 seats in the 120-seat Knesset.

Henrique Cymerman: I'd say one year, even 1.5 years. The prospect of being indicted elevated the stakes for the prime minister.

If he manages to form a new government, he will be the longest-serving leader in Israel's history. I think it will be a huge political fight that will happen this summer in Israel.

He has the majority in the parliament, but at the same time, he must be aware of the public opinion in Israel.

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