Emmanuel Macron will have waited a few days before applauding Benjamin Netanyahu. The head of state called the former Israeli prime minister on Sunday “to congratulate him on his victory in the” legislative elections, in which he won the majority of seats with his right-wing allies, he said on Twitter .
“I just called Binyamin Netanyahu to congratulate him on his victory in the elections. We share the same desire to strengthen the already strong ties between Israel and France,” wrote Emmanuel Macron.
Defeat of the outgoing Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu and his allies won the majority of seats in parliament after the November 1 legislative elections, according to results announced Thursday by the Israeli electoral commission. With 32 seats for Netanyahu’s Likud, 18 for ultra-Orthodox parties and 14 for a far-right alliance, the right-wing bloc won 64 seats. Opposite, the bloc of outgoing Prime Minister Yair Lapid, centrist, won 51 seats.
The former Prime Minister is therefore preparing to return to power. He launched negotiations with his allies to form a government that could be the most right-wing in Israel’s history, raising international and local concerns. In addition, the announcement of the legislative results on Thursday, the fifth in three and a half years, came in a context of renewed Israeli-Palestinian violence.
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