Israel Election Results Contested

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Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu have both claimed victory in the Israeli election. Blue and White leader, Benny Gantz said, "We won! The Israeli public has had their say! Thank you to the thousands of activists and over a million voters. These elections have a clear winner and a clear loser. Netanyahu promised 40 seats and lost. The President can see the picture and should call on the winner to form the next government. There is no other option!”

Netanyahu, contradicting Gantz's statement said, “The right-wing bloc led by the Likud won a clear victory. I thank the citizens of Israel for the trust. I will start forming a right-wing government with our natural partners as soon as tonight.”

Here are currently the results according to Channel 12:

Likud - 33 Blue and White - 37 Labor - 6 Union of Right Wing Parties (URP) - 5 Meretz - 5 Hadash-Ta’al - 6 Ra’am-Balad - 6 United Torah Judaism (UTJ) - 7 Shas - 6 Kulanu - 4 Yisrael Beiteinu - 5

Adding to the controversy, the Israel arab party claimed that cameras were illegally in polling places, and Netanyahu had an emergency meeting because of low turnout. The Israel arab party also had record low turnout this election.

An important thing to note about the Israeli political system is that there are 40 different parties, and parties usually team up to get a candidate elected, explaining some parties incredibly low polling rate. We will provide updates when more information comes out.

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