“Some 500,000 ballots have yet to have been counted as of Wednesday night. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party expected to hold on to 30-seat plurality, but right-wing bloc’s path to victory is as complicated as ever”

ISRAEL HAYOM (by agreement with JNS)
Newly discovered counting errors, delays could lead to last-minute drama
by Staff
March 24, 2021

Despite the rapid pace of counting the nationwide vote from Election Day, officials at the Central Elections Committee say unintentional counting errors mean some results would not be factored into the final tally for a while, potentially complicating even further the inconclusive outcome from Tuesday’s march to the polls…Following a dramatic Tuesday night and after some 87% of the votes had been counted as of Wednesday morning, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party appeared close to victory – although his fate still depends on Yamina leader Naftali Bennett…Voter turnout on Tuesday was particularly low – only 66.9% – marking the lowest turnout in the past four elections. READ MORE

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR Israeli election: Arab Islamist party could become kingmaker Parliamentary elections have left Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu without a clear path to leadership. The United Arab List, predicted to have won five seats in the Knesset, is still deciding which parliamentary bloc to support.

JPOST Gil Hoffman: Coalition conundrum: What could Israel’s next government look like? Here are several possible options…Ahead of Tuesday’s election, all the party leaders, from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on down, spoke to reporters and analysts constantly, in order to try to get out the vote. But once the polls closed Tuesday night, most of the politicians suddenly became completely silent. The quiet was not because they were tired.

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