Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu Wins Re-election

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Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu Wins Re-election

It was a tight race between the controversial right-wing prime minister and his closest opponent, centrist former general Benny Gantz.


Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu Wins Re-election

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has won a fifth term in office.

His closest opponent's party — the Blue and White party —  conceded defeat  Wednesday, clearing the path for Netanyahu to set up a coalition government.  Both candidates previously claimed victory in Tuesday's election.

But, at the time, it was too close to call.  On Wednesday morning, leaders from five right-wing parties  pledged their support  for Netanyahu, which gives him as many as 65 seats in Israel's 120-member Parliament.  President Donald Trump  called Netanyahu  from Air Force One to congratulate him on his victory.  Netanyahu is now Israel's  longest-serving prime minister .

The country's first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion served in the position for 13 years.

Netanyahu was first elected to the seat in 1996 and then again in 2009.  Additional reporting from  Newsy affiliate CNN .

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