Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared victory in Tuesday’s close national elections.
Netanyahu, leader of the conservative Likud Party, made the announcement on Twitter. “Against all odds: a great victory for the Likud. A major victory for the people of Israel!” he wrote in Hebrew.
Exit polls had showed Likud in a dead heat with the center-left Zionist Union. But the results indicated that Netanyahu will have an easier time forming a government with support from hard-line and religious allies
A more hard line coalition and a continuation with Netanyahu as the leader will mean
– no Palestinian state or deal for the duration of this term
– harder line dealings with Iran
– continuing friction with the USA Obama Administration
SOURCE – NBC News
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