PM Netanyahu: A night of tremendous victory

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived at the Likud party headquarters in Tel Aviv on Tuesday night to crowds chanting “Bibi” and fireworks on stage.

“This is a night of great victory,” Netanyahu said, adding that Likud had seen “amazing success.”

“I’m very touched that, for the fifth time, the people of Israel have believed in me.”

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By the early hours of Wednesday morning, the Likud Party took the lead with 40 seats in the 120-Knesset, with some 42.1 percent of the votes counted.

Gantz’s Blue and White was in second place with 35 seats, while the ultra-Orthodox Shas and United Torah Judaism parties each won seven seats. The once mighty Labor party was down to just six seats, the same number as Yisrael Beiteinu.

Moshe Kahlon’s Kulanu party was on course to win five seats, while Hadash-Ta’al, Meretz and the Union of Right-Wing Parties were set to claim four seats apiece.

The results put the rightist bloc in the lead with 67 seats, while the leftist bloc stands at 53 seats.

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