Exit Polls in Israel Suggest Netanyahu's Showing Is Weaker Than Expected, Threatened by Centrist PartyQuicklink submitted by Rob Kall Permalink
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|Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu performed far worse than expected in Israel's national elections on Tuesday, according to exit polls, and while he remained likely to serve a third term, a surprise surge by a new centrist party indicated that he would be under pressure to form a more moderate governing coalition.
s polls closed at 10 PM, Israeli news channels reported that Mr. Netanyahu's rightist Likud-Beiteinu list would win 30 or 31 of Parliament's 120 seats, and the new centrist party, There is a Future, would take 18, followed by left-leaning Labor, with 17. More important, the polls showed a significant tightening between the bloc of right-wing and religious parties, with a razor-thin majority of 61, and 59 for the center-left factions.
2 hrs before polls closed, Netanyahu made an urgent Facebook appeal for support; ""The Likud leadership is in danger," he asked for help.
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