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Netanyahu on Track to Return As Israel’s Prime Minister

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Getty
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Getty

Longtime former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is on the verge of a political comeback, according to exit polls that show his right-wing coalition leading in Tuesday’s legislative elections, less than a year-and-a-half after he was ousted from office.

Polling suggests parties in Netanyahu’s coalition will win 61 or 62 of the 120 seats in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, according to multiple reports, citing Israeli television.

At least 30 of those seats would belong to Netanyahu’s Likud party, which could join with other groups—including the ultranationalist Religious Zionism party—to form a government.

The exit polls do not represent actual results, but they suggest Prime Minister Yair Lapid may have a difficult time keeping his center-left coalition in power.

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