The road to the general election was paved by Netanyahu making every effort to impress, trying to improve Israel's standing on the world stage.
Mr Netanyahu's Likud party won the same number of seats as Blue & White, a centrist coalition led by former general Benny Gantz, but the victory of other Right-wing parties gave the prime minister a clear path to a majority government.
But the party and its traditional right-wing political allies will likely be the most powerful bloc and are set to win 65 seats in the 120-seat Knesset - the Israeli parliament.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures after he speaks following the announcement of exit polls in Israel's parliamentary election at the party headquarters in Tel Aviv, Israel April 10, 2019.
Smotrich reiterated his intention to support the legislation of a law to prevent incumbent prime ministers from being indicted with criminal offenses.
An indictment decision would follow a review hearing where Mr Netanyahu can be expected to argue he should be spared in the national interest.
Final results were expected by Thursday afternoon, with ballots for soldiers and other special categories of voters yet to be counted.
Commenting on the election, Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said: "Israelis have voted to preserve the status quo".
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The Arab parties lost three seats in the Knesset due to their differences and failure to run in a joint list, political analysts and activists in the Arab sector were cited as saying by the Jerusalem Post.
As the day wore on, reports surfaced of Netanyahu's Likud party placing hidden cameras inside numerous predominantly Arab dominated polling stations, prompting an outcry among mainstream voters.
Exit polls had predicted a closely-contested race with no clear victor, prompting both Netanyahu and Gantz to claim victory on Tuesday night.
"It's a night of tremendous victory", Netanyahu told supporters. He served until 1999, and since then he has been the dominant figure in Israeli politics, serving as prime minister four times in all.
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".
Though Netanyahu's Likud party ran about even with its chief opposition, a centrist faction led by three former army chiefs of staff, it won more seats in the Knesset than it has ever held under his leadership.
But it is the image he has cultivated as the sole protector of Israel, the man who can make Israelis feel there is a distance between those who seek it harm, that is the real reason he won on Tuesday. "Thanks to thousands of activists and over a million voters", Gantz said, claiming it was clear who the victor was and who was the loser.
In the final days of the election, Netanyahu launched what Israeli political commentators dubbed a "gevalt strategy", a Yiddish expression for alarm, aimed at motivating complacent supporters to get out and vote or risk his defeat at the hands of a resurgent left-wing. The President can see the picture and should call on the victor to form the next government.