Obama tried everything he could to take down the Israeli Prime ministerÂ Benjamin Netanyahu, but it looks like all of his efforts have been in vain.
AtÂ 4:55 p.m. ET Â Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared victory in the tight election. On Facebook he wrote:
â€œAgainst all odds:a great victory for the Likud. A major victory for the people of Israelâ€
According to the Times of Israel:
TV exit polls Tuesday night showed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Likud set to retain the Israeli leadership at the end of a bitter election campaign. Netanyahu claimed victory early Wednesday morning, though his rival Isaac Herzog did not concede defeat.
Polling stations opened at 7 a.m. on Tuesday andÂ Israeli citizens headed for the ballots to vote for Israelâ€™s 20th Knesset.Â Polls from the end of last week had left options open for a tight race. The TV exit polls were publishedÂ at 10 p.m., as polling stations closed, after which official results began to roll in. The official final results wonâ€™t be publicized until Thursday.
Netanyahu, vying for the role for his fourth time (third consecutively), had made a last-ditch attempt over the past days to win back voters mainly from the right-wing bloc, vowing Monday night to block a Palestinian state should he remain in office.
Unlike years past, analysts had said the race between Likud and Zionist Union, the two leading factions, was too close to call with confidence, but the exit polls showed Netanyahu clearly better placed to build the next coalition. At 1 a.m. on Wednesday morning, he delivered a celebratory speech in which he hailed a â€œvictory against the oddsâ€¦ a victory for our people.â€
In a victory speech the Prime Minister stated, â€œIâ€™m proud of the people of Israel, that in the moment of truth they knew how to separate the important from the trivial, and to stand for whatâ€™s important, for a real defense, a responsible economy, and a socially conscious economy that weâ€™re committed toâ€¦. I can tell you with confidence that we stand before diplomatic and defense challenges, and economic and social challenges. We promised to act on the cost of housing, and weâ€™re going to do it.â€
His next governmentâ€™s priorities, he says, â€œare important to every family, every young couple, every soldier, every citizen of Israel, Jewish and non-Jewish alike. You are all important, and you are all important to me.â€
It seems this great leader isn’t going anywhere, and thank God for that!