WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Israel is currently on its fourth parliamentary election in the last two years.
- The Israeli election could potentially be violent for Israel’s controversial and longest-serving prime minister.
- The prime minister was indicted with charges of bribery and corruption in 2019.
The Israeli election polls on Tuesday have shown the right-wing party, Likud, which the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is a part of, is leading. No clear winner can be recognized yet, although the Likud party is predicted to win the majority of seats in the 120-seat parliament they call Knesset.
This will go down in the country’s history as there has been no single party list of candidates to have formed a governing majority in Israel before. The law states that whatever party contrives a majority coalition of 61 seats will establish the next government. According to the exit polls, Netanyahu and his allies are in for 54 seats in the Knesset.
Israel’s voting system calls for constituents to vote for parties rather than politicians. But despite this, the election is once again potentially violent for the country’s longest-serving prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
Netanyahu presented himself as a global statesman with deep knowledge in diplomacy during the campaign period. He proved this by restoring Israel’s ties with four Arab countries last year: Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Sudan, and Morocco.
Aside from this, the citizens are also happy with how Netanyahu handles the vaccine rollout, beating the rest of the world and allowing Israel to reopen its economy after many months of lockdowns imposed by the government.
Despite all this, his critics accused him of not managing the coronavirus well in the past year, emphasizing the fact that more than 6,000 deaths from COVID-19 have been recorded in the country. To add, Netanyahu was indicted on charges of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust back in 2019 — making him the first sitting prime minister to be charged.
Netanyahu denies these charges, saying he’s only a victim of a “witch hunt.”
Source: NBC News