Throughout the campaign, Netanyahu highlighted his bond with US President Donald Trump, who has swung US policy sharply in Israel's favour and openly backed the prime minister. "Look, everyone said - and I never made it a promise - but everybody said you can't have peace in the Middle East with Israel and the Palestinians".
Yair Lapid, Gantz's No. 2, said the Blue and White Party Knesset members plan to "make life miserable" for the ruling Likud coalition.
The president added an optimistic prediction for progress towards peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
Netanyahu's campaign against Arab politicians, together with a new alliance with anti-Arab extremists and the passage past year of a contentious nation-state law that enshrined Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people alone, deepened calls for an election boycott in Arab communities.
Mr. Netanyahu's campaign against Arab politicians, together with a new alliance with anti-Arab extremists and the passage past year of a contentious nation-state law, which enshrined Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people alone, deepened calls for an election boycott in Arab communities.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has promised to assert sovereignty over dozens of Jewish settlements on the West Bank. Earlier that night, Gantz had claimed victory.
The chosen politician then has 28 days to form a government but can ask for an extension of up to 14 days. "That was a well-thought out race I can tell you".
Tel Aviv Stock Exchange main indexes were up almost 1 percent in late trading on Wednesday, displaying confidence in a veteran prime minister who has overseen a humming economy and blunted various security threats, including from Syria.
One of the major factors hastening Netanyahu's victory was the low voter turnout among Israel's Arab residents, which was below 50 percent.
It would be Netanyahu's record fifth term as premier.
If he manages to form a new government, he will be the longest-serving leader in Israel's history. Analysts say he will want to guarantee his coalition partners stand by him regardless of whether the attorney general proceeds with plans to indict him on corruption charges in three criminal cases.
The Palestinians demand a full return to the borders that existed before the 1967 war when Israel seized the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.
The vote had been expected to be close as Netanyahu faced potential corruption charges.
"Regrettably", Ashrawia said, "Israelis overwhelmingly voted for candidates that are unequivocally committed to entrenching the status quo of oppression, occupation, annexation, and dispossession in Palestine and escalating the assault on Palestinian national and human rights". Experiences such as these at a young age have caused them to believe that peace can only be achieved by force; something only the right-wing parties can achieve.