With 96% of vote in, Netanyahu headed to fifth term as Israel’s PM. Likud and Gantz’s Blue and White tied with 35 seats each, but right-wing bloc has clear majority; second Arab party crosses election threshold
It’s official, Benjamin Netanyahu will officially be the longest-serving leader in the 70-plus year history of regathered Israel. Though the election got off to one of the rockiest starts Netanyahu has ever experienced, in the end the God of Abraham granted him yet another term as earthly leader of the nation of Israel.
“For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee. Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek thy good.” Psalm 122: 5-9 (KJV)
I guess God has more for the prime minister to yet accomplish, and the mind reels at what might come next. Already we have seen the US Embassy moved to Jerusalem, then we saw Jerusalem declared as the capital of Israel, incredibly we watched as President Trump recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, and crazy as it seems, we watched Secretary of State Pompeo hint that the United States might support the building of a third Jewish Temple.
What could possibly top all of that? Something tells that even bigger things are loading in the prophetical pipeline, and just waiting for the word of the Lord to bring them to pass. I am beyond thrilled that Benjamin Netanyahu has been given another term, and what amazing things lay just around the corner. Flight #777 on Titus213 Airlines…now boarding!
Netanyahu lauds ‘incredible victory’ as exit polls, early tally show clear win
FROM THE TIMES OF ISRAEL: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared himself victorious in the 2019 general election Monday night, as updated exit polls and early results showed him with a clear path to forming a new government.
“I am very moved on this night,” he told exuberant supporters. “This is a night of an incredible, incredible victory.” Though initial exit polls at 10 p.m. had showed Likud and Blue and White either even at 36 seats (Channel 13 and Kan) or with an advantage for Blue and White (37 to 33 on Channel 12), updated results accounting for the final hours of voting on both Channel 12 and 13 showed Likud leading 35 to 34.
And regardless of the horse race between the two major parties, the right-wing bloc was projected to win a majority in the 120-seat Knesset. The results mean Netanyahu will likely sweep back into power for an unprecedented fifth term, despite pending bribery and fraud indictments hanging over him.
He had help. President Donald Trump gifted him the sensationally timed US recognition of Israeli sovereignty on the Golan late last month, and the branding of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Force as a terror group this week. President Vladimir Putin pitched in with Russia’s return of the remains of Zachary Baumel, 37 years after the Brooklyn-born IDF tank commander’s death in the Lebanon War. source
As of 3:12 a.m. Wednesday, with over 2.7 million votes counted, Likud was leading Blue and White 27.5 percent (roughly 33 seats) to 26% (31 seats). Shas was running a distant third with 6% (7 seats), followed by UTJ with 5.2% (6 seats) and Yisrael Beytenu with 4.6% (6 seats). The actual amount of seats will likely go up once all votes are tallied and votes of parties that did not cross the threshold are redistributed.
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— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) April 10, 2019
Final turnout in the vote was 67.9%, down from 2015’s final turnout of 71.8%. Depending on the final tally and coalition negotiations, Netanyahu appeared slated to be able to form a coalition with some 63 to 65 seats, while the Blue and White led opposition would have 55 to 57 seats.
Netanyahu said the numbers indicated a “fantastic achievement, an enormous achievement, which is almost unfathomable.”
He applauded his supporters for securing his win in the face of a “biased media.” He called the Likud outcome “almost unprecedented,” saying, “When did we receive so many seats? I don’t even remember.” If Likud ends up with 33 seats or above, it would be the party’s best showing since 2003, when the party won 38 seats under the leadership of Ariel Sharon. READ MORE
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