In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu celebrated his electoral victory Wednesday after his main rival, former military chief Benny Gantz, conceded. He will serve a record-breaking fifth term in office. Netanyahu’s Likud is expected to form a coalition with other right-wing parties that would most likely give them a majority in the 120-seat Knesset. President Trump congratulated Netanyahu Wednesday.
President Donald Trump: “But everybody said you can’t have peace in the Middle East with Israel and the Palestinians. I think we have a chance. And I think we have now a better chance with Bibi having won.”
Just days before the election, Netanyahu vowed to annex illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank if he won.
Meanwhile, Haaretz reported Wednesday an Israeli PR company boasted on social media about its role in placing 1,200 hidden cameras at polling stations in Arab neighborhoods, taking credit for the low turnout in those areas.