Israelis are electing the country's new parliament. The vote is largely seen as a referendum on Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has led the government for three consecutive terms. On Sunday, Netanyahu said he will annex Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank if he is re-elected.
In an interview with Sputnik Ksenia Svetlova, outgoing member of Knesset, said that although the Blue and White can gain more votes, it would be difficult for them to form a government.
"It will be difficult for Benny Gantz to form a government even if he will have more mandates than the Likud," she said.
According to Svetlova, Netanyahu is aiming at drama around this recognition [of Golan Heights], but he has indeed received a lot of support for this. The media coverage today was more about the internal Israeli politics. The Golan heights isn’t perceived by security authorities as something that can destabilize the region. There’s not much outcry from the Arab countries about it. While the US is longtime ally but the growing role of Russia in the region makes Israel move closer to Russia too. Security of Jordan is important both for Israel and the US.