Israel election: Netanyahu claims victory as main rival concedes

March 18, 2015 10:19 AM

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Israel election: Netanyahu claims victory as main rival concedes

Jerusalem (CNN)Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared victory Wednesday after a tumultuous election that included last-minute shifts to boost his party's low poll numbers.

His main rival, Zionist Union's Isaac Herzog, called the incumbent leader and congratulated him, Israeli media reported.

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