On Tuesday morning, with 97 percent of the vote in, it appears that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has won a big re-election in a contentiously contested campaign. Now that the Israeli elections have taken place, the U.S. presidential election could prove to be a monumental shift in policy, depending on who wins in November.

This time 71 percent of the registered voters turning out to vote, which was up from 69.8 percent in September’s election despite predictions of voter apathy. This was the third election in less than a year and aimed to end the political stalemate. Over 200,000 people who didn’t vote in September turned out to vote this time, including even nearly 5,800 people who are quarantined due to the coronavirus, according to the Jerusalem Post. 

However, voter turnout in Tel Aviv was way down. This was an area where Netanyahu’s opponent Bennie Gantz was out in the streets with a megaphone, begging people to get out and vote. 

Netanyahu won 59 seats in the election, which is down by one from the 60 predicted in the initial exit polls. The new prediction leaves him two seats short of holding the majority in the Knesset. 

The only votes remaining to be cast are those of IDF soldiers and absentee ballots, however, the military tends to lean to the right, which may swing another seat to Netanyahu’s Likud Party. But, if the party doesn’t obtain the 61st seat, then Netanyahu will be forced once again to form a coalition government. If it comes to this, though, he is expected to succeed in forming one this time, contrary to December 2018, when he was heading a “caretaker government.”

However, Israeli voters have spoken and they trust his government more than Gantz’s even though the Prime Minister is facing a corruption trial in just two weeks. Netanyahu is expected to appear in a Jerusalem court on March 17 to face charges of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust in three major cases.

In his victory party in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu told the cheering crowd, that this victory was sweeter than the first due to its difficulty: “We stood in front of strong forces. They told us we are going to lose, that it was the end of the Netanyahu era,” he said. “We turned lemons into lemonade.”

With the Trump Peace Plan, he got the support he wanted from the current U.S. administration. And he will probably move forward with his plan to build settlements east of Jerusalem. The plan would almost completely encircle Palestinian areas in the holy, but very divided, city.