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The Israeli Elections: Reading the Significance and Repercussions 

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20.04.2019

According to the final results of the Israeli elections, it seems that Netanyahu will win a fifth term as prime minister, and will stand beside the founding leader of Israel David Ben-Gurion as to the length of the term they served as prime ministers.

For Netanyahu has finished his 13 years (1996–1999 and 2009–2019), and this is a major achievement in the Israeli political environment, which is characterized by a large number of parties, plenty of splits and mergers, and much manoeuvres and political harassments, in addition to a great ability to coexist within the Zionist project.

The preliminary reading of the results of the Israeli elections, held recently on 9 April, leads to several observations as follows:

Netanyahu was able to overcome the election challenge with great success, for he is a shrewd, astute and seasoned politician. He began his campaign, while he was accused with corruption, and his cases were ready to be brought to trial; however, he overcame all these accusations, and a large majority continued to see him as the fittest for the prime ministry position, even by non-Likud supporters.

After almost losing, Benjamin Netanyahu comes 1st in 2019 Israeli election – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

After almost losing, Benjamin Netanyahu comes 1st in 2019 Israeli election – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

He was even able to add six seats to the Likud bloc to reach 36 seats. He was also able to overcome or limit the influence of the extreme right forces, which were accusing him of weakness.

Thus, Naftali Bennett and his New Right party lost; and Moshe Feiglin, the former Likud member, and his Zehut party (lit., Identity) lost, too. As for the Kulanu party headed by former Minister of Finance Moshe Kahlon, it lost several seats winning only four out of its previous ten.

Therefore, Netanyahu remained the “King” of the right parties, who had no other competitor for the prime ministry. As for the religious parties who won 16 seats, they certainly would prefer Netanyahu in any governmental formation, since they are, in general, politically close to him.

The general track of the Israeli elections for the past twenty years confirms that the Israeli society has become more right-leaning and........

© Middle East Monitor