As their elections were wrapping up yesterday it was obvious that it was going to be a close race, with everyone watching to see how many seats in the Knesset would be held by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party and how many Benny Gantz's Blue and White party could pick up.
Likud and its right-wing allies were set to be the largest bloc with 65 seats in the 120-seat Knesset, the Times of Israel reported.
Austria's right-wing Chancellor Sebastian Kurz tweeted that, "one matter is clear: you (Netanyahu) have - once again - gained the trust of the people of Israel in record numbers".
"The bloc, which united several small parties, received five seats in the parliament", he said.
But even then Netanyahu appeared best placed to form a coalition, with both parties in any case falling far short of an outright majority.
Yohanan Plesner, a former lawmaker and head of the nonpartisan Israel Democracy Institute, called the close and conflicting exit polls "an unprecedented situation".
Final results were expected by Friday.
Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler of the Israel Democracy Institute deemed the strategy saw "a one-to-one imitation" of Trump's 2016 presidential campaign: "This was about both spreading fear and sowing a victim-like mistrust in the democratic institutions".
He said: "It is a night of colossal victory". He also pledged to annex West Bank settlements, a step that could snuff out any remaining hopes for a two-state solution with the Palestinians.
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However, the election result means Netanyahu could become Israel's longest-serving Premier, overtaking Israel's founding father David Ben-Gurion.
Gantz told Blue and White activists that they should be proud of their achievements, which he called "unprecedented".
"People say: I don't care if he is corrupt or not, I don't care if he took a few cigars or presents, the main thing is that, from my point of view, the economy is growing and there is security", Ariel University lecturer Erez Cohen said.
"It's a night of tremendous victory", Mr Netanyahu told supporters early Wednesday.
Despite a low voter turnout among Israeli Palestinians, the Arab lists of Hadash-Ta'al and Balad-Ra'am passed the threshold gaining six and four seats respectively.
"The struggle against Iran's efforts to subvert peace and security in the region continues", Bolton said.
He spoke as right-wing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared poised to win a historic fifth term and cobble together a governing coalition of ultra-Orthodox and nationalist allies. They, our voters, sought hope, and we will give it to them.
Hanan Ashrawi, a senior Palestinian official, said Israel chose to entrench "the status quo of oppression, occupation, annexation and dispossession".
Netanyahu's strategy for this election has been to syphon votes from ultranationalist rivals, pushing his policies and rhetoric further to the right. "Every time we elect Arab representatives to parliament, the minute they are seated in parliament chambers they forget all the campaign promises". The law would shield Netanyahu from being charged with corruption.
Netanyahu also received a boost from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who one week before the election surprised Israelis by returning the remains of Zechariah Baumel, a staff sergeant in the Israeli Army whose remains had been missing for 37 years after he was killed during the Lebanon War.