Israel Elections: Naftali Bennett call for vote recount as Benjamin Netanyau secure fifth term

Naftali Bennett
Photo Courtesy: Haartz
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Hayamin Hehadash party leader Naftali Bennett has called for vote recount after his party failed to enter Knesset in the just concluded Israeli election.

This comes after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyau secured a fifth term following a 95 percent votes cast that gave the right-bloc a 9-10 seats lead on Wednesday.

Report by Haaretz news shows that early Thursday, Benett's party was announced to have passed the electoral threshold, but later data suggested that the party didn't get enough votes to join the Knesset.

However, party co-chair Ayelet Shaked says they are 'still optimistic' as they await publication of final results.

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Netanyau's opponent Benny Gantz conceded defeat with Kahol Lavan party securing 35 seats each. 

According to Haartz news, all right-wing parties would recommend Netanyau to form the next ruling coalition.

In the right-wing bloc, the parties that made it into the Knesset are Likud, United Torah Judaism, Shas, Yisrael Beiteinu, Union of Right-Wing Parties and Kulanu. 

In the center-left bloc, the parties that made it into the Knesset are Kahol Lavan, Hadash-Ta'al, Labor, Meretz and United Arab List-Balad. 

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Turnout in the Arab community recorded one of the lowest percentage in history. 

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