The citizens of Israel went to the polls on Tuesday to vote in an election which look set to return Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to office for a third term.
After striking a coalition deal with the ultra0nationalist Yisrael Beitenu party, Netanyahu’s center-right Likud party looks sure to win enough seats to lead the newly elected parliament following today’s vote. It is likely, however, that they will be returned with a smaller majority, as the right wing Home Party has seen strong support in recent polls. This may force Netanyahu to negotiate with center-left parties in order to broaden his coalition and ensure enough support to drive through new legislation.
Despite the fact that the end result of today’s election seemed to have been determined by coalition deals well in advance of the polls opening, the Israeli election committee has said that turnout is up from 2009, at 38.3%. Approximately 5.6 million Israeli’s are eligible to vote.
Some Israeli citizens chose to give their vote in today’s election to Palestinians, who are living in Israel but do not have the right to vote