Netanyahu is expected to form the country’s most right-wing government in history when he takes power, likely in the coming weeks.
Netanyahu, who is on trial for corruption, would be able to battle the charges as prime minister, improving his chances of avoiding conviction or jail time.
Polls have predicted a similar result: stalemate. But a far-right politician has surged in opinion polls recently and could shake things up.
New elections will be held on Nov. 1.
The U.S. secretary of state and Yair Lapid met in Rome as part of a push to create a lasting alliance between the two countries.
If approved by the Knesset, or parliament, centrist Yair Lapid and his diverse partners will end the 12-year rule of Benjamin Netanyahu.
The decision is sure to spark tensions between the country's strictly Orthodox and secular Jewish communities.