He will be Israel's longest-serving prime minister.
A man walks past a Likud election campaign billboard, depicting U.S. President Donald Trump shaking hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in Jerusalem on February 4. Israel's shekel was virtually unchanged by midday.
Exit polls on two of Israel's three main TV channels showed that main challenger Benny Gantz's Blue and White Party won slightly more seats that Likud in the 120-member parliament, while a third survey forecast a tie. Last month President Donald Trump hosted Netanyahu at the White House, playing off of the fact that Trump is very popular in Israel (his approval rating a year ago was 69 percent, a boost fueled at least in part by Trump's decision to move America's embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem). They do not reflect the core values that are the very foundation of the State of Israel.
Netanyahu will likely seek a coalition similar to his current government, with ultranationalist and Jewish Orthodox parties.
Victory 15 used voter contacts and activists funded by the State Department grant for One Voice to oppose Netanyahu, the report finds, which was not prohibited because there was restriction on how the peace process infrastructure could be used after the grant expired in 2014.
"The struggle against Iran's efforts to subvert peace and security in the region continues", Bolton said. "Israelis chose to entrench and expand apartheid".
With some 64 per cent of the vote counted, Likud had 27.59 per cent compared to Blue and White's 26.04 per cent, official results showed.
Earlier that night, Gantz had claimed victory.More news: Eden Hazard has 'no intention' of signing a new contract with Chelsea
Gantz, a newcomer to politics, mounted a strong challenge by brandishing his security credentials while pledging to undo damage he says Netanyahu has inflicted on the country with divisive politics. The 38-year-military veteran entered politics in late December, building his bloc into a powerful insurgent force. We have an historic achievement under out belt.
Gantz said he favoured a "globally backed peace agreement" with Israel holding on to the large West Bank settlement blocs, adding that he opposed unilateral moves.
The contest was the political fight of Netanyahu's life.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday did not offer a decisive answer to a question from Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md), member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee, as to whether or not the U.S. administration still supports a Palestinian state after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had pledged to impose Israeli sovereignty on the Jewish settlements of Judea and Samaria. The attorney general has recommended a series of criminal charges against the prime minister but will only make a decision on indicting him after a legally mandated hearing.
It was a much different atmosphere at MSNBC, where Chris Matthews did not take Netanyahu's expected victory well. However, the country now faces what could be weeks of political negotiations over the composition of a ruling coalition. Some analysts predict he may try to pass a law granting himself immunity, as a sitting leader, from trial.
Tel Aviv University lecturer Emmanuel Navon said on a conference call. The prime minister met with Trump in the White House March 25, during which Trump said the USA would recognize Israel's 1981 annexation of the Golan Heights. "I am very excited that the people of Israel once again trusted me for the fifth time and with greater confidence".
"They look at the bottom line", said Cohen, the Ariel University lecturer.