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- Yesterday Israel held elections that will determine the country’s next prime minister. Vying for control were incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu’s right wing party Likud, and Blue and White party candidate Benny Gantz.
- The full makeup of the next parliament is not yet decided, but it looks as though Netanyahu is poised for victory.
- Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin, will now begin consulting with party representatives to pick the candidate with the best chance of assembling a parliamentary majority. Netanyahu seems to have a clear path toward building a coalition government with a majority.
- A Netanyahu victory would mean a fourth consecutive term and fifth overall for the prime minister, which will make him Israel’s longest-ever serving leader.