Jerusalem - Benny Gantz’s Blue and White party triumphed over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tuesday’s elections, as the Channel 12 exit poll released late in the evening showed the party winning 37 of the Knesset’s 120 seats.

The victory could hand the premiership to Gantz, though his path to a coalition comprising at least 61 seats remains unclear. Netanyahu’s Likud Party came in second with 33 seats.

The Blue and White party has been Netanyahu’s challenger since Gantz joined forces with Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid in February.

The Labor party was a distant third, earning 6 seats, exit polls showed. While the party began the election campaign as Israel’s second-largest bloc as part of the Zionist Union, a hostile split with the Hatnua faction on New Year’s Day left the party trailing Blue and White.

Smaller parties were the story of the election.

Moshe Feiglin’s Zehut party did not cross the threshold, after jumping to national attention on a campaign centered on cannabis legalization.

Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked’s New Right Party did not pass the threshold. Read more at JPost