Netanyahu on the verge of comeback, according to preliminary exit polls

 Former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is on the brink of winning office, according to Israeli exit polls. According to exit polls, Mr Netanyahu appears to have won 61 or 62 seats in the 120-seat Knesset.

Security is a high priority for Israeli voters, according to a campaign that began after Prime Minister Yair Lapid’s baffling coalition of right-wing, liberal, and Arab parties was dissolved, following defections. Mr Netanyahu, who is being tried for corruption charges, has overshadowed policy concerns in the campaign, which has been highlighted by his massive personality.

His conviction on bribery, fraud, and breach of trust charges in 2019 has prevented Israel’s political system from moving forward. The right-wing is predicted to win a majority rather than fall short. Israel’s fifth election in less than four years has exasperated many voters, but turnout is expected to be at its highest level since 1999.

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