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Israel election results show crisis for leadership: Hezbollah

Hezbollah leader Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah

Hezbollah leader Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah

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.

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