Netanyahu had lost power in June 2021, but could regain it soon. Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could win the legislative elections with his religious and far-right allies, according to the latest projections updated overnight from Tuesday November 1 to Wednesday November 2 by three major Israeli channels.
The party of the former Prime Minister was credited with 30 or 31 seats, out of the 120 in Parliament, ahead of the Yesh Atid ("There is a future") party of outgoing Prime Minister Yaïr Lapid, which would collect between 22 and 24 seats .
Nine parties follow, including the far-right "Religious Zionism" alliance of Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben Gvir with 14 seats, and the center-right party of ex-army chief Benny Gantz, credited with 11 to 13 seats. On the side of the Arab parties, hostile to the right-wing bloc of Benjamin Netanyahu, they should just exceed the 3.25% of votes necessary to enter Parliament. By 2020, they had garnered a record 15 seats. With its allies, Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud would thus have 62 seats. But these results are not yet definitive.
If the results are not yet official, the current Minister of Justice, Gideon Saar, has already warned of the risk of seeing Israel heading towards a "coalition of extremists" led by Benjamin Netanyahu and his allies.