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Breaking news now out of Israel the elections and exit polls are now showing the prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has won reelection a third term in office as prime minister.
Just moments ago the prime minister claimed victory thanking his voters for reelection.
But this thing is much closer than expected according -- exit polls as allies barely held on control of parliament.
The fox -- -- correspondent Jonathan Hunt is here Jonathan this is that they -- multiple some parties got more votes than were anticipated in Benjamin Netanyahu apparently got let people.
He got a lot less 31 remember it's a 120 seat parliament -- can SE you need 61.
To form a government his -- on its own only got 31.
With the ultra Nationalists and hotline parties he used.
With he may get to that 61 a 62 tiny majority the king maker in this new guy yeah -- -- former TV anchor.
Newspaper columnist new centrist -- -- could be the new power here and move Netanyahu towards the middle.
Michael saying is here as well a former senior director of middle east affairs of the National Security Council currently the managing director of the Washington institute this is complicated for Netanyahu and his party.
Is very complicated -- and you know the those who said this is going to be a rightward shift in Israel were wrong and -- we've seen as a polarized result -- week showing for Netanyahu.
And this means of the coalition building process was Jonathan is describing.
He's gonna take weeks and it's going to be very difficult because combining.
You know you're you're looking -- Johnson mentioned would say a religious party is on perhaps impossible.
Because you're you're -- he'd campaigned on -- social justice on removing the privileges for the religious parties and so forth.
What we can say -- -- visit the coalition process won't be about the Palestinians it won't be about Iran.
But -- about these issues inside Israel but there'll be ramifications.
For those issues which I mentioned which are interesting to president -- this leaves a power vacuum.
At least for a short period of time does it not -- end -- could be an opening for those who would do them harm -- Well we see this winds -- Israel every time they have elections and these coalitions.
This coalition negotiations can take weeks.
And yes what it means is that you won't see progress on any issues and in fact yes.
You could see people trying to take advantage of Israel's inward focused during this time and Michael -- and Jonathan thanks so much.
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