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Right-Wing Bloc Maintains Lead With 44% Votes In, Meretz & Balad Sit Just Under Threshold

ISRAEL

Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing bloc maintains its lead in Israel's general election with over 44% of the votes tallied by now.

  • Preliminary results must be taken with a pinch of salt as ballots from different regions arrive at different times, which may lead to shifts in the overall vote count.
  • The scores of left-wing Meretz party (3.24%) and Arab Balad party (3.11%) remain closely watched, with both currently on the brink of passing the 3.25% threshold needed to win representation in parliament.
  • Analysts assess that the reallocation of surplus seats in case Meretz or Balad fail to get into the Knesset would increase the odds of Netanyahu being able to form a ruling majority.
  • Elsewhere Likud MK Zohar said the first decision of a Netanyahu-led coalition would be a bill to allow the Knesset to override High Court decisions, which some say could shield Likud leader from corruption charges.

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