In a race that many predicted would be neck-and-neck, incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won by a decisive margin, defeating his center-left opponent Isaac Herzog. With his Likud party appearing to win at least 30 of the 120 seats in the Knesset, Netanyahu will now work to form a coalition government.
Also this week in Israel in the News:
• Netanyahu’s promise on the eve of elections not to endorse a two-state solution with the Palestinians has elicited a wary response from the U.S. and negative reactions from others.
• A terror attack in Tunisia has left at least 19 dead, including 17 foreign nationals, after two gunmen began shooting at tourists getting off a bus at the Bardo National Museum.
• Iranian officials say they are close to a nuclear deal with the U.S. and other world powers, but U.S. officials are being more cautious. Talks are continuing between the two countries in Switzerland.
This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Senior Vice President Yael Eckstein on the election results and who really is in charge.