Lapid acknowledges his defeat and congratulates Netanyahu on winning the Israeli elections

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid’s office said he conceded defeat to former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a parliamentary election this week.
A statement said Lapid congratulated Netanyahu and instructed his office to prepare for an orderly transition of power.

“The State of Israel comes before any political consideration,” Lapid said. “I wish Netanyahu success for the sake of the people of Israel and the State of Israel.”

Lapid, who has served as interim prime minister for the past four months, made the announcement after a near-final vote count showed Netanyahu securing a parliamentary majority.

The Israeli Election Commission announced The final results of the Knesset elections Which showed Netanyahu’s bloc winning a majority of 64 seats in the 120-seat Knesset.

The former prime minister is expected to head the most right-wing government in the country’s history when he takes office, likely in the coming weeks

Netanyahu needs at least 61 seats to form a government that will return him to the Prime Minister’s Office, which he left last year after the formation of the government of Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid.

The Central Elections Committee had stated that 71.3% of the voters participated in the vote.

Netanyahu told his cheering supporters at his party’s election campaign headquarters in a hoarse voice after the weeks-long election campaign. “We are on the verge of a very big victory”.

Netanyahu’s upcoming alliance with nationalist fanatic Itamar Ben Gvir has alarmed Palestinians and members of Israel’s Arab minority. Asked if Washington had such concerns, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council declined to comment.

“We look forward to continuing to work with the Israeli government based on our shared interests and values,” the spokesman said.

In previous governments, Netanyahu was surrounded by the right and at the same time managed to normalize relations with a number of Arab countries, and led economic growth.

He has also been more outspoken in publicly confronting the United States over Iran’s nuclear program than the outgoing government, which has strained relations with Washington.

Large parts of his autobiography deal with his sometimes stormy but fundamentally strong relationship with former US President Donald Trump.

He will now have to deal with a more conservative White House led by Joe Biden.

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