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Netanyahu Declares Election Victory In "Comeback Unseen In Israeli Politics"

•, Tyler Durden

"We won by believing in our own way and by the people of Israel," Netanyahu stated immediately after. But he's still two seats short of a ruling majority, as Reuters reports of the results:

With some 90 percent of the votes counted, Netanyahu, who has the pledged support of right-wing and religious parties for a coalition government, appeared to control 59 seats in parliament, two short of a ruling majority.

The gap made former defense minister Avigdor Lieberman's far-right Yisrael Beiteinu party a potential kingmaker after remaining on the sidelines in inconclusive ballots in April and September.

Netanyahu's right-wing Likud Party gained just over 31% of the vote, followed by the opposition Blue and White party of Benny Gantz with over 23%, and with The Joint List, the alliance of Israel's Arab political parties, with 11.60 percent.