TEL AVIV (Sputnik) — With almost all votes tallied, the right-wing Likud party, led by Netanyahu, is projected to take 30 seats. The left-wing Zionist Union is projected to come in second with 24 seats.
"This morning I spoke with Herzog [head of the Zionist Union] and he explicitly told me that we are going to the opposition," Yachimovich said as quoted by Haaretz.
According to Netanyahu, he has already spoken with those party leaders he plans to invite into the coalition. However, he did not mention Zionist Union's Isaac Herzog.
A total of 10 parties passed the required vote threshold to win seats in parliament.
More than 4 million Israelis or 71.8 percent of eligible voters cast their ballots on Tuesday, making it the highest turnout since 1999.