Israel election: Netanyahu claims victory after exit polls show narrow lead

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed victory in Israel's general election, after exit polls put him ahead of his main rival Benny Gantz.
Three projections gave Mr Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party 36 or 37 seats, and Mr Gantz's centrist Blue and White alliance between 32 and 34.
However, the polls suggested Likud and its right-wing allies might fall just short of a majority in parliament.
Monday's election was Israel's third in less than a year.
Neither of the two main party leaders was able to command a majority in the 120-seat parliament following the last two rounds.
Mr Netanyahu, 70, is Israel's longest-serving leader. He is seeking a record fifth term, having been in office from 1996 to 1999 and again from 2009.
The election took place two weeks before the prime minister is due in court to face corruption charges, which he denies.

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