1. Screen at Blue and White headquarters showing CH13 exit poll that shows Blue and White (with 33 seats) ahead of Likud (31 seats)
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Asaf Zamir, Blue and White Knesset member: +++SOT PARTIALLY COVERED WITH BROLL+++
"We have to take caution, these are not the formal results, it's only a poll, we'll wait till the morning. If these are the trends though, if this what will be the actual outcome at the end, then two things are clear; the first is that the Blue and White party is larger than the Likud and Benjamin Netanyahu did not receive the 61 mandates he needs in order to form a government, meaning it is Benny Gantz's turn try and form a government, which I have no doubt he will succeed in, which means a new government for Israel, a better government for Israel, but again we're cautious, we're waiting."
Jerusalem - 17 September 2018
3. Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu voting at polling station with his wife, Sara
Rosh Haayin - 17 September 2018
4. Retired military chief and Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz at polling station casting his ballot
Tel Aviv - 17 September 2019
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Neri Zilber, political commentator: +++SOT PARTIALLY COVERED WITH BROLL+++
"Look I think we have to take the exit polls with a grain of salt. The real results will start flowing in the next hour, until the morning, but if these results are anywhere near what the actual real results are than Netanyahu is in trouble. He doesn't have 61 seats, a parliamentary majority without Avigdor Lieberman and Lieberman has already made it clear that he won't sit with Netanyahu and his far right and religious allies."
Jerusalem - 17 September 2018
6. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voting at polling station with his wife, Sara
In an apparent setback for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the longtime Israeli leader on Tuesday fell short of securing a parliamentary majority with his hard-line allies in national elections, initial exit polls showed, putting his political future in question.
Results posted by Israel's three major TV stations indicated that challenger Benny Gantz's centrist Blue and White party held a slight lead over Netanyahu's Likud party. However, neither party was forecast to control a majority in the 120-seat parliament without the support of Avigdor Lieberman, a Netanyahu rival who heads the midsize Yisrael Beitenu party.
Israeli exit polls are often imprecise and the final results, expected Wednesday, could shift in Netanyahu's favor. But three stations all forecast similar scenarios.
The apparent deadlock sets the stage for an extended period of uncertainly and complicated political maneuvering, but with Netanyahu in a relatively weaker bargaining position. The parties could be forced into a broad unity government that could push Netanyahu out.
Netanyahu, the longest serving leader in Israeli history, had sought to secure an outright majority with his allies to secure immunity from the expected indictment. That now seems unlikely.