Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed victory in last Monday’s Israeli election after exit polls predicted the strongest showing for his Likud party.
Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving leader, responded to the projections by tweeting that the results were “a huge victory for Israel,” also saying “Thank you” with a heart emoji.
“We won thanks to our belief in our path and thanks to the people of Israel,” he said in a Twitter posting early on Tuesday.
Exit polls gave Likud and like-minded parties 60 of parliament’s 120 seats.
Netanyahu fought Israel’s third election in less than a year under the cloud of corruption charges, which he denies.
The four-term prime minister, who heads the right-wing Likud party, failed to secure a governing majority in the legislature in elections held in April and September last year.