JERUSALEM: Benjamin Netanyahu will serve a fifth term as Israel’s prime minister after his main rival conceded that he had lost the election.
With more than 97 per cent of votes counted – ballots cast by soldiers at military bases will be tallied over the next two days – Netanyahu’s conservative Likud party looked likely to muster enough support to control 65 of the Knesset’s 120 seats and be named to head the next coalition government.
U.S. President Donald Trump telephoned Netanyahu to congratulate him on his re-election, Netanyahu said, thanking his American ally for “tremendous support for Israel”.
Netanyahu tweeted that Trump had called him from Air Force One. The president was on a flight to Texas.