Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is unlikely to secure enough seats.
According to election exit polls, he has fallen short of the majority to form a new government. Netanyahu’s party is at least seven seats short of the 61 thresholds.
On the contrary, parties opposed to Netanyahu staying in the office are likely to win 60.
Israel’s longest-serving Prime Minister has promised to form a right-wing government.
A smaller right-wing party, Yamina, is expected to win seven seats.
Netanyahu loyalist Naftali Bennett, who is leading Yamina, has said, “I will do only what is good for the State of Israel.” He also added that he had told Netanyahu that Yamina would await the final results before deciding on its next steps.
Meanwhile, Netanyahu has thanked his supporters in a tweet. He tweeted, “You gave a huge win to the right and Likud under my leadership. Likud is the biggest party by far.”
“It’s clear most Israelis are right-wing and want a strong, stable right-wing government,” he added.
On the contrary, opposition leader Yair Lapid, whose party is expected to win between 16 and 18 seats in the Knesset, said he was “proud” of his party’s “enormous” achievement.
“I have already begun this evening to hold talks with some of the leaders of the bloc for change and will continue in the next few days,” he said, adding that he would “do everything possible to establish a sane government in the State of Israel”.