(March 24, 2021 / Israel Hayom) The Arab world has been closely following Israel’s elections. “The Israeli election: A fight to the end for every vote,” read a Wednesday headline in Saudi paper Asharq al-Awsat. The story noted the concern in Israel that the election would fail to break the country’s political deadlock, forcing a fifth election.
Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar’s headline read: “No surprises in fourth election: Bibi at the mercy of Bennett.” The Hezbollah-affiliated paper said the odds of anyone forming a 61-seat majority were low. The report also noted that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, while campaigning in Beersheva on Tuesday, was whisked away by his security detail when a rocket was fired from Gaza into southern Israel.
The Hamas terrorist organization also responded to the election results.
The Emirati newspaper The National quoted a cafe owner in Jerusalem, who said: “I think Netanyahu is truly a good manager, but I don’t trust him with absolute power. I want him to have good partners.”
The paper also said that Netanyahu’s Likud Party will need support from smaller parties, including the Religious Zionist Party, to secure a Knesset majority.
This article first appeared in Israel Hayom.
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