As Breitbart News reported, the congratulations came in the wake of the Central Elections Committee announcement late Thursday night, with all of the votes counted, checked and rechecked, that showed Mr. Netanyahu's Likud party capturing a total of 36 seats in the 120-seat Knesset, compared to 35 seats for its main rival, the centrist Blue and White party.
The attorney general has announced he intends to charge Netanyahu with bribery, fraud and breach of trust pending an upcoming hearing. Two states for two peoples, negotiated directly by the two sides, with mutually agreed upon land swaps, is the best option to achieve a Jewish, democratic, secure Israel living side-by-side with a democratic, de-militarized Palestinian state.
Netanyahu highlighted his close relationship with President Donald Trump, who delighted Israelis and angered Palestinians by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital in 2017 and moving the U.S. Embassy to the holy city last May. Aside from a few nuances and the uncertainties regarding the formation of a new government, the one overall conclusion we can draw from these elections is that we can expect to see more of the same, in other words, more fait accompli tactics being deployed by Israel and more hardships for the Palestinians.
The 69-year-old Netanyahu won even though he has already been in office for 10 years straight, on top of serving an earlier term in the 1990s.
Lapid vowed to prove the naysayers wrong, saying: "They will try to break us up". In recent weeks, Trump tweeted that Israel should claim sovereignty over the Golan Heights, land seized from Syria during the war with Arab countries in 1967, and days before the election, the US government declared the Iran Revolutionary Guards a terrorist organization, a decision that delighted Netanyahu and his hard-line supporters.
The last round of US -brokered peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians collapsed in 2014.
The close and often vitriolic contest was widely seen in Israel as a referendum on Netanyahu's character and record in the face of corruption allegations.
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Solskjaer's side come into the game having suffered four defeats in five games, mirroring Louis Van Gaal's side in December 2015. We just need to decide who's going to be the voice in and around".
"West Bank annexation is a topic that is now being debated in Israel, and was endorsed right before the election by Prime Minister Netanyahu himself as an electoral pledge", it said.
Netanyahu will be under major pressure to give in to their demands.
On Wednesday, Blue and White's leaders conceded defeat.
He helped talk Trump into pulling the US out of the Iran nuclear deal.
Throughout the last decade, Netanyahu has focused on Iran and its nuclear program as Israel's biggest threat.
Netanyahu tweeted that Trump had called him from Air Force One. "I'd like to congratulate him on a well-thought-out race".
"Regrettably", Ashrawia said, "Israelis overwhelmingly voted for candidates that are unequivocally committed to entrenching the status quo of oppression, occupation, annexation, and dispossession in Palestine and escalating the assault on Palestinian national and human rights".