Israelis are voting Tuesday in parliamentary elections with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decade-long hold on power at stake as he faces a tough contest with former military chief Benny Gantz.
Ahead of the voting, polls indicated Netanyahu’s Likud party and Gantz’s Blue and White winning a similar number of seats in the 120-member Knesset. If that occurs, the 69-year-old Netanyahu might be poised to win a fifth term in a coalition with smaller right-wing parties allied to him.
As the months-long campaign neared an end, Netanyahu again reminded voters of his close relationship with U.S. President Donald Trump. He thanked the U.S. leader — “my dear friend” — for responding Monday to a “request of mine” to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization.