As results from Tuesday’s Israeli elections roll in, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of the Likud party appears positioned to win a fourth consecutive term. Once ballots are fully counted, President Reuven Rivlin will ask the party leader he believes has the best chance of pulling together a parliamentary majority to begin forming a coalition. The Blue and White alliance, of which Netanyahu’s main rival, Benny Gantz, is a member, will likely win a similar number of parliamentary seats as Likud. With support from a bloc of other right-wing parties, the Likud party is better positioned to form a governing coalition, however. Notably, the Likud party also admitted to illegally placing 1,2000 hidden cameras at polling stations in Arab areas on Tuesday. Nathan Guttman, a Washington-based journalist, joins Worldview to provide analysis of the election’s outcomes and what they mean for Middle East peace and U.S.-Israel relations. Guttman previously worked as a Washington correspondent for The Forward, Jerusalem Post and Haaretz.
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