Netanyahu Is Israeli PM Again As Lapid Concedes Defeat

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - APRIL 06:  Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a protest against the Israeli government on April 6, 2022 in Jerusalem, Israel. At the end of March a series of terror attacks within eight days left 11 people dead and put Israeli security forces on high alert. The start of Ramadan often heralds an increase in attacks by Palestinians on Israel.  (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Thursday said he congratulated Benjamin Netanyahu on his coalition’s victory in the Knesset elections on Tuesday.
  • “The State of Israel wishes Netanyahu success,” Lapid tweeted, as translated. His liberal Yesh Atid party came in second to Netanyahu’s conservative Likud party at 17.79% to 23.41%, according to official results.
  • In Israel’s parliamentary system, coalitions of parties join together to create a majority coalition of at least 61 seats in the 120-member Knesset.
  • Netanyahu’s conservative coalition, composed of three Jewish Orthodox parties and the secular Likud, has won 64 seats, while the opposition will have 56 seats.

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