UPDATED: (Central Israel) — The polls in Israel closed at 10pm local time (4pm eastern).
The exit polls show a stunning turn of events — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud Party were down at 20 seats last week, at least four seats behind opposition leader Isaac Herzog, head of the “Zionist Union” party.
Tonight, exit polls put Netanyahu at 27 or 28 seats, tied with — or possibly a seat ahead — of Herzog.
If these numbers hold, Netanyahu may have an easier path to put together a governing coalition with center-right parties and return as Prime Minister.
It’s too soon to draw final conclusions. But early evidence points to dramatic comeback by Netanyahu.
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