Deadlocked Knesset Continues as Final Votes Get Counted

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - SEPTEMBER 17: A man looks at the TV exit polls at the Likud Party after vote event on September 17, 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. All TV exit polls see no clear winner in Isreal's elections. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)
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The Times of Israel reports: With 89.8 percent of votes having been counted by the Central Elections Committee, Benny Gantz’s centrist Blue and White party on Wednesday was projected to secure 32 seats in the Knesset, edging ahead of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud, which stood at 31 seats.

In the official count, the Gantz-led center-left-Arab bloc has a slight advantage over the Netanyahu-led right-religious bloc with 56 seats versus 55. In the middle are the nine seats of Yisrael Beytenu, whose leader, MK Avigdor Liberman, has vowed to force Likud and Blue and White into a unity government.

The Joint List, an alliance of mostly Arab parties, stands at third with 13 seats, followed by the ultra-Orthodox Shas and Yisrael Beytenu, both with nine seats.

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