Incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has scraped through yesterday’s election in Israel with a narrow victory. But he now faces a tough job to build a coalition strong enough to push through legislation, after the center-left opposition drew strong support in the polls.
Netayahu’s Likud party, along with their ultra-nationalist partners from Yisrael Beitenu, took a total of just 31 seats out of 120 – a loss of 11 seats. Despite securing only just over a quarter of the seats in parliament, this made the right wing coalition the largest single block. Netanyahu will remain as Prime Minister, but will have to strike a more diplomatic tone in order to win sufficient support from minor parties.