The secretary general of Lebanon’s resistance group Hezbollah says the results of the general elections in Israel indicate that the regime will suffer from a deep political leadership “crisis.”
“The Israeli election results showed a retreat of parties that founded and led the entity, such as Likud” Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech broadcast on Al-Manar television channel on Friday.
The results of the polls show incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s hard-line Likud-Beitenu bloc and their allies have won a narrow majority in the Israeli general election. The right wing coalition secured only 31 seats, losing a quarter of its seats in the Knesset.
Nasrallah went on to say that no party had achieved a decisive victory, “as Netanyahu hoped in order to lead Israel.”
He added that the results demonstrated a “crisis for the new political leadership, a crisis for the parties and a crisis of confidence” in the new Israeli cabinet.
The new centrist party, Yesh Atid (There is a Future), led by journalist-turned-politician Yair Lapid, won 19 seats, followed by left-leaning Labor, with 15 seats.
In the end, the right-wing bloc won 61 of the 120-seat Knesset, while 59 seats went to center-left parties.
After the election, Netanyahu vowed to reach out to other parties to form a large coalition. “Tomorrow we start anew.”
“Netanyahu’s victory is a Pyrrhic victory, and it is not clear he will be the next prime minister,” Israeli political analyst Yaron Ezrahi said on Wednesday. “Netanyahu will face difficulty in constructing a viable coalition,” he added.
Ezrahi said he believed the next Israeli government would only last about 18 months.