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Trump hails Netanyahu for Israel election victory

Trump hails Netanyahu for Israel election victory

On the podcast this week, we look back at the 1996 election in a conversation with Anshel Pfeffer, an Israeli journalist and the author of the biography Bibi: the Turbulent Life and Times of Benjamin Netanyahu. Together with nationalist and Jewish ultra-Orthodox parties, which Netanyahu calls his "natural allies", his right-wing bloc commands a 65-55 parliamentary majority.

Netanyahu said that, in the telephone call, he also thanked Trump for designating Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organisation on Monday.

Throughout the campaign, Netanyahu highlighted his bond with US President Donald Trump, who has swung US policy sharply in Israel's favor and openly backed the prime minister.

Trump told reporters at the White House that Netanyahu's re-election improved the chances of peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Benny Gantz, head of Resilience party and Yair Lapid, head of Yesh Atid, Moshe Yaalon and Gabi Ashkenazi react at the end of a news conference to announce the formation of their joint party, following an alliance between their parties, in Tel Aviv, Israel February 21, 2019.

They leave President Reuven Rivlin, who must ask one of the candidates to form a government, with little choice but to pick Netanyahu. Palestinian leadership has been unwilling to accept any reasonable peace proposal or even to negotiate seriously toward a solution.

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Rivlin said he would begin consultations with party leaders next week ahead of making his decision.

Gantz said the conversation Friday morning between the victor and the beaten challenger was short and to the point.

While ballots were still being counted, the Blue and White leaders officially conceded defeat on Wednesday, and vowed to fight the prime minister from the opposition.

The final results confirmed that the newly formed far-right party of two prominent members of the outgoing government, Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, failed to pass the three-per cent threshold required to win seats in parliament.

The vote had been expected to be close as Netanyahu faced potential corruption charges.

Netanyahu, speaking Tuesday night, declared it a "tremendous victory" for his party.


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