Benjamin Netanyahu was set to serve a record fifth term as Israeli prime minister after results from the country’s tightly-contested election pointed to the creation of a new right-wing coalition government. With most votes counted, Benny Gantz’s new centrist Blue and White party conceded the race to Netanyahu’s Likud party on Wednesday. “We are all democratic, we all accept the decision of the nation,” Gantz said, according to CNN. The election was seen as referendum on Netanyahu’s leadership—he still faces possible indictment in three graft cases. But he was triumphant Wednesday morning, saying: “It will be a right-wing government, but I will be prime minister for all ... I’m very touched that the people of Israel gave me their vote of confidence for the fifth time, and an even bigger vote of confidence than previous elections. I intend to be the prime minister of all citizens of Israel. Right, left, Jews, non-Jews. All of Israel’s citizens.” U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday afternoon that he spoke to Netanyahu to “congratulate him” on his victory. “The United States is with him and the People of Israel all the way!” Trump wrote.
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