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Netanyahu set to make a comeback, Israel exit polls suggest

Initial exit polls offer opposition head Benjamin Netanyahu's camp a majority in the Knesset, with either 61 or 62 seats out of 120.
Former Israeli Prime Minister and Likud party leader Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara Netanyahu cast their vote in the Israeli general election on November 1, 2022 in UNSPECIFIED, Israel. Israelis return to the polls on November 1 for a fifth general election in four years to vote for a new Knesset, the 120-seat parliament. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)

Israeli opposition leader and former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing/ultra-Orthodox camps are set to win a Knesset majority in today's elections, initial exit polls predict, with either 61 or 62 seats out of 120. Most polls indicate that the Likud party received 31 seats, while Prime Minister Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid garnered only 24 seats. The third largest party is now Religious Zionism of far-right Bezalel Smotrich and ultranationalist Itamar Ben-Gvir, which apparently got 14 seats.

One out of the three Arab parties — Balad — apparently did not make it past the Knesset-entry threshold, though the voting rate within the Arab sector was much higher than expected up until two weeks ago. The final results might still change that and determine whether the Likud would get 61 or 62 seats. Likud seniors were cautious this evening to express full joy, noting that final results would be published only later in the week, either on Thursday or Friday.

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