Benny Gantz on Tuesday offered his first reaction to the incomplete results of Monday’s Knesset elections, which showed his Blue and White party coming in second place to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud, saying he respects the voters’ decision but adding that the final tally should be waited for.
“The election results are coming in slowly and it is clear that Netanyahu doesn’t have 61 [seats] to form a government,” Gantz told reporters outside his home in the central town of Rosh Ha’ayin.
“We will consider our path and we will respect the voters’ decision,” Gantz added.
“We are committed to the State of Israel and the society in Israel, and we will follow the developments regarding the true results,” he said. “The public should remember that we will remain committed in the future as well.”
Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu appeared poised for an electoral victory Tuesday morning, though questions remained over whether he had enough support to form a coalition, as votes were counted following Monday’s national vote.