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Moscow convinced Israel’s new cabinet will maintain friendly relations with Russia

On April 9, Israel held parliamentary elections

MOSCOW, April 11. /TASS/. Moscow has no doubt that Israel’s new government will maintain friendly relations with Russia, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing on Thursday.

"We have no doubt that friendly, stable bilateral relations will be prioritized by that state’s future government," the diplomat said commenting on the results of Israel’s parliamentary election.

She pointed out that the pre-election race "was tense but quite correct and democratic."

On April 9, Israel held a parliamentary election, which secured a path to re-election for incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as the rightist and religious parties are poised to hand him a 65-seat majority at the 120-seat Knesset (parliament). Netanyahu’s Likud party won 35 seats, the same amount as the opposition Kahol Lavan party, according to the Kan radio station.

After Netanyahu’s opponents conceded defeat, Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin has been left with just one option of proposing that Netanyahu should form a coalition and head the cabinet.