With the Likud leader to form a coalition for government, Israelis will head back to the polls on September 17, the outcome of which is uncertain.
A major swing to the right and the abstention of a key demographic have bolstered the Israeli leader's position.
They wanted to oust Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu in Tuesday's election, but the failure of three centrist generals to talk about key issues may have made Netanyahu the apparent winner.
The longtime prime minister has reshaped Israel in profound ways. The military is stronger but Palestinian suffering has grown.