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Exit polls give Netanyahu’s rightwing bloc slim lead in Israel election

By James Shotter

01 Nov 2022 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

Benjamin Netanyahu's rightwing coalition is on track for a razor-thin majority after the fifth Israeli election in four years. It would mark a dramatic comeback by the former prime minister.

Israel’s former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in pole position to emerge victorious from Tuesday’s parliamentary elections, according to exit polls that put his rightwing bloc on course for a razor-thin majority.

Polls by Israel’s three main television channels, released after voting closed, forecast that a bloc combining Netanyahu’s Likud party, the extreme-right Religious Zionism grouping and two ultra-Orthodox parties that have traditionally backed Netanyahu would win 61-62 seats.

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