Netanyahu’s Likud Party Wins Election in Israel …Update: Netanyahu Delivers Victory Speech

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party won today’s election according to exit polls.
FOX News reported:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party emerged as the largest faction in a hotly contested parliamentary election on Tuesday, positioning the hard-liner to serve a new term as prime minister, according to exit polls. But a lackluster performance by Likud, along with surprising gains by a centrist newcomer, raised the strong possibility that he will be forced to form a broad coalition.

The exit polls aired on Israel’s three major TV stations all forecast Likud along with its traditional hardline and religious allies, capturing a shaky majority of just 61 or 62 seats in the 120-member parliament. With official results trickling in throughout the night, it was possible that the two sides could end in deadlock.

In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Netanyahu said he would reach across the aisle and try to form a broad-based coalition.

“According to the exit polls, it is clear that Israel citizens decided that they want me to continue to serve as prime minister of Israel, and that I form the widest possible majority (coalition),” he said. “Already this evening I will begin working toward the widest possible government.”

Israel Matsav is following the election live from Jerusalem.

UPDATE: Prime Minister Netanyahu touted the largest coalition possible in victory speech.

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  • cavt

    Wonder if we’ll see Israeli action against Iran now? Can you imagine the dictators response if this happens—

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  • Joe Blow

    Good for Bibi. Stand strong for Israel. Too bad we couldn’t get the dictator out and put someone in office that would stand strong for the United States.

  • Let King O sulk- Bibi can do what he wanfz

  • Bibi can do what he wants! Sick ’em bibi!

  • ★FALCON★

    God Bless Israel and Bibi.

  • Ella

    Bibi is a real statesman. We on the hand have a freak in the White House.

  • Ella

    Typo – “on the other hand”.

  • “I ‘m still standing better than I ever did!” Bibi has the last laugh!

  • Lim Lynn
  • mcashc

    Can I see Bens resume and the fraud racist punks resume side by side. What a joke. Putin hates the US and is commie evil, but you can respect his resume. Point being, we have a Hollywood president, complete no experience idiot, spent 6 trillion in 4 years and it only got worse. The commies bought off the media. They are fawning after a complete punk idiot actor.

  • Good for Israel.they need a strong leader to help lead them thru the dark-days ahead……..

  • Indiana

    Wish Bibi was our President, but nooooo, we have President Kardashian! Best wishes to him and Israel…..PRAYERS TOO!

  • RealMc

    God Speed Bibi!!!

  • Sarah2016

    Glad you cited IsraelMatsav blog which is a great site not just for news on Israel but to explain US MidEast policy unfiltered by the Obamamedia. Bibi is a great orator(& former Special Operations/Sayeret commander) & obviously knows what is in israel’s interest better than Obama, but he is more Left-leaning than many in his Likud party. This makes him more compliant when pressured by Hillary & Obama to compromise to the terrorists in their neighborhood(see: Muslim Brotherhood, Fatah, Abbas.) even supporting a delusional 2-state solutions.

    Now, Bibi must try to form a coalition w/ some Leftist parties (labor, Lapid) to get the 61 majority seats in the 120 seat Kenesset, further weakening his ability to stand-up to US pressure to appease the Palis. If Bibi can’t get a coalition w/in 42 days, there will be new elections.

  • wth

    Wow. A country where the voters have brains.

  • cc

    Oh, how I wish this wonderful man were our leader!!

  • A_Nonny_Mouse

    May God support and guide Mr. Netanyahu; may God support and protect Israel.

    (And if God has any spare time left, may He protect and defend *US* against those who would destroy this nation, whether beyond or within our borders …)

  • Sandy

    So glad its Bibi he can’t be bought. Bibi has only one loyalty and that is toward Israel.

  • May God (the Father of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob)’s Will be done in earth as it is in heaven, AMEN.

  • Vicky Hernandez

    Congrats to Netanyahu!
    Nice to see Obama didn’t get Congrats to Netanyahu!
    Nice to see Obama didn’t get all he wanted. Looks like he’ll just “have to work with [Netanyahu]” just a little longer.all he wanted. Looks like he’ll just “have to work with [Netanyahu]” just a little longer.

  • Vicky Hernandez

    Woah! Don’t know what happened there. Here’s what my post should’ve read:
    Congrats to Netanyahu!
    Nice to see Obama didn’t get all he wanted. Looks like he’ll just “have to ‘work’ with [Netanyahu]” just a little longer.

  • American Woman

    Best Wishes. Bibi!

    Israel is lucky to have a President, who loves it and its people. America once shared that good fortune; here’s hoping that she will again.

  • USMC Thomas

    Benjamin Netanyahu is the man and leader that SØBama could never be.

  • More Minty

    Every Israeli elected official to the right of Kadima should be publicly executed. Ancient Israel (if the Torah is to believed)was founded on genocide. Modern Israel was founded on terrorism and genocide. Before you whine about supposed anti-Semitism, know that my lawyer is Jewish.

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  • ls

    May the God of Abraham, Isaak and Jacob bless Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s. He is God’s choice for this term. We will keep your arms strong with our prayers. Shalom shalom.

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  • RedBeard

    Just released, a hidden camera video of Obama’s reaction to the vote:

  • Lady Mondegreen

    This is celebration is premature. The real results are a deadlock because the far right abandoned him. Furthermore, he’s not a president, he’s a prime minister, so he’s only in power as long has he can get the support of enough Knesset members. He now has to negotiate a coalition government. with far more moderate parties and will have to pay a price for their support. He is severely weakened and this is probably the beginning of his end. As soon as either side sees an advantage, they force a new round of elections.

  • RedBeard

    Thankfully, Lady, your dreams of a weak-kneed leftist government in Israel will have to wait a bit. But I’m sure Obama is on the case, hot and heavy. Give him time.

  • jainphx

    More Minty: Actually we would appreciate less Minty and your leftist Obama dogma. Israel is in good hands, They have Bibi backed by the LORD G-D. What do we have? A pos that wants only Army officer that will fire on Americans> Now why would he even ask this? Does he plan to:
    A. Take away our arms by force?
    B. Try to eliminate all conservative opposition? Who knows what is in this big eared purple lipped pos’s mind. Is this really what you want?