Far-right leader Benjamin Netanyahu returns as Israel Prime Minister

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Benjamin Netanyahu. [Photo: Twitter/netanyahu]

Benjamin Netanyahu, former Israeli Prime Minister, has secured a majority of parliamentary seats in the country’s fifth election in four years.

As per the Israeli electoral commission, Netanyahu and his right-wing allies won a total of 64 seats of the parliament’s 120 seats. His own Likud party won 32 seats, while ultra-Orthodox parties secured 18 seats, and a far-right alliance won 14 seats.

It means that the country’s longest-serving prime minister will reenter office at the head of what many expect will be the most right-wing government in Israel’s 74-year-history.

Netanyahu’s outright majority is projected to end a turbulent era in Israeli politics. However, the 73-year-old Netanyahu still faces charges of corruption, which he has consistently denied, Telegraph reported.

After receiving the electoral commission’s final vote count, President Isaac Herzog will next week give Netanyahu 42 days to form a government.

Meanwhile, the US State Department said it hoped Israeli officials would respect “the values of an open, democratic society.” Britain called on all politicians to “refrain from inflammatory language” and respect minorities.

Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelenskyy said it was “important to see real democracy in action” and that Ukraine and Israel “share common values and challenges that now require effective cooperation.”

Ukraine has been hoping to secure more explicit support such as weapons deliveries from Israel, which has fostered comparatively friendly ties with Russia since the Cold War.


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