The Israeli general election was held on 31 May 1996, and for the first time the prime minister was to be separately elected. The election campaign had been bitterly fought and the results were close. The Likud Party, now led by Binyamin Netanyahu, won 32 seats, and Labour, led by Shimon Peres, won 34. The results of the poll for prime minister were almost even, Netanyahu gaining 50.5 per cent of the votes and Peres 49.5 per cent. Under the new system Netanyahu had the prerogative of forming a coalition government. It was clear that the ill-fated Operation Grapes of Wrath had cost Peres the election, and many were sorry.
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