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Two Days after Election: Lapid Calls Netanyahu to Congratulate Him on His Victory

Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Thursday evening, November 3, called opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu for the first time since the elections to the 25th Knesset.

Lapid congratulated Netanyahu on his victory in the elections, and informed the Likud chairman that he had instructed all branches of his office to prepare an orderly transfer of power. "The State of Israel is above all political considerations. I wish Netanyahu success for the sake of the people of Israel and the State of Israel," Lapid said.

Sources close to the Prime Minister said that he had waited until the counting of votes had concluded and the results were completely clear before calling the Likud chairman.

Earlier on Thursday evening, the Central Elections Committee submitted its report with the preliminary results of the election.

The results will be finalized during this week, after recounts of contested ballot boxes are conducted and investigations into any claims of fraud completed. After all the votes were counted, the right-wing bloc won 64 seats and the left-Arab camp won 56 seats. (INN / VFI News)

“God, we hope that our new leadership will guide us to the correct path and will defend Israel to the best of their ability, so that we can live in peace and prosper.”