Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid has conceded defeat to former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“The State of Israel comes before any political consideration,” said Lapid, who has served as interim prime minister for four months. “I wish Netanyahu success, for the sake of the people of Israel and the State of Israel.”
From Fox News:
Lapid was serving as interim, or caretaker prime minister, since June when previous Prime Minister Naftali Bennett lost his majority and the government dissolved. This set the stage for this week’s election, and after a near-final vote tally had Netanyahu with enough of a majority, Lapid announced the Likud Party leader as the victor.
Official final results are not expected until later on Thursday.
This will be Netanyahu’s third stint as prime minister. He first served from 1996 to 1999, and then again from 2009 to 2021.
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