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Editorials 4A Op-Ed 5A Calendar 6A SceneAround 9A Synagogue Directory 11A News Brie 13A Amir Levy/Getty Images Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu greets supporters at his victory speech in Tel Aviv, April 10, 2019. wins narrow By Ben Sales andleft-wingblocsmattermorethanthe He spent the final days of the race size of the biggest party, in what pundits called a "gevalt" (JTA)--Benjamin Netanyahu ap- In total, right-wing parties won 65 campaign, warning his voters that pears likely to win a fifth term as seats, whilecentristandleft-wingparties unless they turned out, a left-wing Israel's prime minister as right-wing took55seats.ThatmathgivesNetanyahu government would be established. parties apparently have maintained aclearpathtoforminganothergoverning On Saturday night, he promised to their majority in the nationwide elec- coalition. A total of 11 parties will likely annex West Bank settlements in the tions held Tuesday. enter the Knesset. coming term in an effort to shore up With more than 95 percent of the vote "The right-wingbloc, ledby Likud, won his right-wing base. counted, Netanyahu's Likud party and a decisive victory," Netanyahu tweeted But if the coalition math holds, Ne- the opposition Blue and White party are Tuesdaynightasresultsrolledin."Ithank tanyahu is poised to become Israel's virtually tied with more than 1 million the citizens of Israelfor their trust. Iwill longest-serving prime minister. He has votes apiece. According to Israeli news begin assembling a right-wing govern- held theofficeforadecadeconsecutively, websites, each party is likely to win 35 mentwithournaturalpartnerstonight." in addition to his initial three-year term seats in the 120-seat Knesset, or parlia- Netanyahu faced a fierce challenge in the late 1990s. This election also saw ment. from Blue and White, a new party led Likud increase its seats in Knesset to Despite the tie, Netanyahu appears by former Israel Defense Forces Chief of 35 from 30--the most held by the party to have won the election overall, as his Staff Benny Gantz. The prime minister since 2005. right-wing allies won a solid majority of was hounded as well by an impending The 35-seat tie also represents a new votes. Israel is governed by coalitions of indictment for fraud, bribery and breach parties, so the total number of the right- of trust. Netanyahu on page 15A the By Christine DeSouza The Israeli SpaceIL space- Craft Beresheet--Hebrew for Genesis--is on the moon, but not in the way that was hoped. Beresheet snapped its first "selfie," with the help -