Benny Gantz formally conceded defeat to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday, calling the incumbent to congratulate him on being re-elected.
“With the end of the vote count and the announcement of final results, I congratulate you on the achievement in the elections, we will continue to serve the citizens of Israel and I wish you and all of Israel a happy holiday,” Gantz told Netanyahu in a phone call.
“Thank you, I wish you a happy holiday. We will restore Israel to calm, each in his own capacity. Have a good Sabbath,” Netanyahu told Gantz.
Netanyahu was declared the winner of the elections on Thursday after the final results revealed Likud had received 36 seats, giving it one more seat than Blue & White.
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