An early general election in Israel is scheduled for March 17. The two main rivals are the largest parties – Likud, headed by current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the opposition Zionist Union, led by Isaac Herzog. The last poll shows rival party Zionist Union winning more seats in the Israeli parliament than Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party.
Avigdor Lieberman reportedly accused the current Israeli leader of "zigzagging," and stated that the government did not commit to creating housing in Jewish settlements or eradicating Hamas in Gaza.
Despite backpedaling by Benjamin Netanyahu, a major rift persists between Israel and the United States over the prime minister’s vow to prevent the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.
The majority of newly-elected lawmakers supported Benjamin Netanyahu's candidature for the position of Israel's prime minister.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin began consultations with the parties on the candidature of the country's next prime minister.
Likud party leader, a lawmaker and chairman of the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Zeev Elkin, said that Every politician has ambitions, but the Likud party and Prime Minister Netanyahu are more concerned about forming a stable coalition.
Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog said that the votes for Benjamin Netanyahu, whose Likud party came out as surprise winners, rose in response to the warnings about Arab voters heading to the polls.
Zionist Union will not join a coalition of political parties led by newly-reelected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s party Likud after Tuesday’s national election in Israel, Shelly Yachimovich, a senior Zionist Union member, said on Wednesday.
Incumbent Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won parliamentary election with a six-seat lead in the Knesset as the vote took a dramatic turn in his favor Wednesday morning.
Nearly 55 percent of all eligible voters cast their ballots in the Israeli parliamentary elections by 6 p.m. local time.
Regional security and the economic situation in the country are way more important for Israelis than the Palestinian issue, a Ministry of Immigrant Absorption official told Sputnik.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for a press conference four hours before polls close on Tuesday, but the Israeli Central Election Committee has vetoed his decision.
On Monday, prior to today's general election, Netanyahu vowed there would be "no Palestinian state" if he was reelected.
Avigdor Lieberman said that voting for any party except Yisrael Beiteinu would lead to terrorist cells flourishing in Israel.
A Yesh Atid candidate told Sputnik that his center-left party hoped to emulate their surprise success in the 2013 elections, when the party secured 19 seats.
The Zionist Union, led by Isaac Herzog, is the biggest rival to the ruling Likud Party, headed by incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Earlier in the day Netanyahu claimed that a too-active participation by the Arab population of Israel he described as coming to voting stations ”in droves” endangered the prospects of his right-wing government.
Earlier, the Joint List said 10 percent of Israeli Arabs cast their ballot by 11.00 local time as opposed to only 3 percent at the same time in 2013.
The Arab-dominated political party alliance in Israel said earlier that 10 percent of Israeli Arabs cast their ballot by 11.00 local time as opposed to only three percent who had voted by the same time in 2013.
More than 1.5 million, or 26.5 percent, of Israelis have voted as of 12 p.m. local time (10:00 GMT), as polling stations struggle to keep up with the flow of voters, the Central Elections Committee reported Tuesday.