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BREAKING News About Israeli General Election

The two contenders for Israel’s prime minister position claimed victory after polls closed Tuesday evening.

Current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his coalition had a “clear victory” while his centrist rival Benny Gantz declared, “We won!” reported CNN.

“The right-wing bloc led by the Likud won a clear victory. I thank the citizens of Israel for the trust. I will start forming a right-wing government with our natural partners as soon as tonight,” Netanyahu said.

“We won! The Israeli public has had their say!” Gantz said. “Thank you to the thousands of activists and over a million voters. These elections have a clear winner and a clear loser. Netanyahu promised 40 seats and lost. The President can see the picture and should call on the winner to form the next government. There is no other option!”

Exit polling was “murky,” according to The Associated PressLast-minute polling had shown Gantz’s Blue and White Alliance barely ahead of Netanyahu’s Likud party and aligned groups.

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