by: Ilse Strauss
Friday, 4 November 2022 | It’s official. Bibi is back.
With all the votes tallied and the seats divvied out to each political party according to the number of votes they received, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is set to return for another term at the helm.
More importantly, after nearly four years and five elections, the political deadlock appears to be broken. The implication? For the first time since December 2018 when Netanyahu dissolved the Knesset (Parliament) due to a too-narrow margin, Israel will most likely have a stable government able to serve its full term.
The final results of the November 1 vote were announced last night, with Likud, Netanyahu’s party, raking in 32 of the 120 Knesset seats. Yesh Atid, current Prime Minister Yair Lapid’s party, came in second, with 24 seats.
These results do not guarantee Netanyahu the premiership though. In Israel, national elections are, after all, merely the first step toward taking the reins.
The next step is for President Isaac Herzog to tap one of the political party leaders to form a government. In light of the final vote, it is almost a given that Herzog will pick Netanyahu, giving him 28 days to negotiate a 61-seat majority. And with Netanyahu’s religious and right-wing allies securing a total of 64 seats, Bibi’s path to the premiership seems sure.
Lapid has already conceded the race, and called Netanyahu to congratulate him on the win.
“The State of Israel is above any political considerations,” Lapid said in a statement. “I wish Netanyahu good luck for the people of Israel and the State of Israel.”
The outgoing prime minister has also told Netanyahu that he instructed all branches of his office to prepare for an orderly transfer of power.
Now, all eyes are on Herzog and Netanyahu as the president announces his pick for the next prime minister.
However, when all is said and done, we are witnessing the return of Bibi.
Posted on November 4, 2022
Source: (Bridges for Peace, November 4, 2022)
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