Exit polls: Netanyahu fails to muster clear coalition
Public broadcaster KAN predicts 32 seats apiece for Netanyahu’s Likud and Gantz’s Blue and White; Channel 12 gives Likud 33 seats and Blue and White 34, while Channel 13 says 31 for Likud and 33 for Blue and White
Neither bloc, however, has enough seats in the 120-member Knesset to claim victory.
Yisrael Beytenu, which is set to win 8-10 seats, has emerged as the likely kingmaker and the decider as to which bloc will ultiately claim the right to form the next government. Liberman is an avowed right-winger, but his rocky relationship with Netanyahu and his fierce opposition to the ultra-Orthodox parties could sway him towards Gantz and his political allies.