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Lapid concedes defeat, congratulates Netanyahu on winning Israeli election

Prime Minister Yair Lapid broke his two-day silence and called opposition head Benjamin Netanyahu to congratulate him for winning the elections.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and wife, Sara.

Prime Minister Yair Lapid called opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu a short while ago and congratulated him on his election victory. According to Lapid’s office, the prime minister told Netanyahu he has instructed all of the associates to prepare for an orderly transfer of power. “The State of Israel is above any political consideration,” Lapid was quoted as saying. “I wish Netanyahu luck for the sake of the people of Israel and the State of Israel.”

The Central Election Committee finished counting all the votes. Netanyahu’s religious/right-wing bloc receives 64 seats at the Knesset out of 120. The Likud preserves its status as the largest party, with 32 seats. Lapid’s Yesh Atid gets 24 Knesset seats.  

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