With Benjamin Netanyahu on course to win a record fifth term as Israeli Prime Minister, the Likud party and its right-wing allies are likely to be the largest bloc in the 120-seat Knesset, the BBC reported.
This brought forth a flurry of celebratory response from leaders on the right end of the political spectrum worldwide.
Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, who visited Israel last year was among the first to congratulate Netanyahu, tweeting an image of the pair shaking hands, and the caption in Italian: “Well done to my friend Bibi Netanyahu and a hug to the people of Israel.”
Indian PM Narendra Modi, also commended Netanyahu, who also took to twitter to share his delight: “My dear friend Bibi, Congratulations! You are a great friend of India, and I look forward to continuing to work with you to take our bilateral partnership to new heights.”
The pair have struck billion dollar arms deals in the past.
President Donald Trump, not surprisingly, gave an adulatory response (although not on his preferred method of announcements – Twitter).He stated on CBS News, “I would like to congratulate Bibi Netanyahu, it looks like that race has been won by him, it may be a little early but I’m hearing he’s won it and won it in good fashion. He’s been a good ally and he’s a friend, I would like to congratulate him, that was a well-fought out race, I can tell you.”
Austria’s right-wing Chancellor Sebastian Kurz also gave a positive response.
“I am looking forward to working with you in the future, for the benefit of the people of Israel and the people of Austria,” he tweeted.
With his victory almost certain, Netanyahu could surpass the legendary David Ben-Gurion to make history as Israel’s longest serving leader since its independence.