Binyamin Netanyahu looked likely to squeak through with a narrow victory in Tuesday’s Knesset elections, exit polls released as soon as the ballots closed seemed to indicate. Exit polls from Channel 2, Channel 10 and Channel 1 gave his Likud Beytenu party 31 seats.
The projected 31 seats was a steep drop from the 42 seats shared by Likud and Yisrael Beytenu in the last Knesset. The surprise of the election was Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid, who finished second according to the exit polls of all three Israel channels with 18-19 seats.
The Labor Party was projected to win 17 seats, Bayit Yehudi 12, Shas 11, The Tzipi Livni Party and Meretz 7 seats each, and United Torah Judaism 6 seats.
It seemed that the right-wing bloc had a slight edge of 61 seats to 59 seats over the left-wing bloc.
Official results were expected to be released on Wednesday morning.
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