Netanyahu Is Israeli PM Again As Lapid Concedes Defeat

  • Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Thursday said he congratulated Benjamin Netanyahu on his coalition’s victory in the Knesset elections on Tuesday.
  • “The State of Israel wishes Netanyahu success,” Lapid tweeted, as translated. His liberal Yesh Atid party came in second to Netanyahu’s conservative Likud party at 17.79% to 23.41%, according to official results.
  • In Israel’s parliamentary system, coalitions of parties join together to create a majority coalition of at least 61 seats in the 120-member Knesset.
  • Netanyahu’s conservative coalition, composed of three Jewish Orthodox parties and the secular Likud, has won 64 seats, while the opposition will have 56 seats.
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