Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed a “huge win” on Thursday night against his rival Gideon Sa’ar in the primary election for the leadership of Israel’s ruling Likud party.
Israel’s embattled leader beat his rival Gideon Sa’ar with 72.5 percent of the vote, with Sa’ar attaining 27.5 percent.
BREAKING:Israel’s right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed a "huge win" in a Likud party vote that…
During his victory speech at Likud headquarters, Netanyahu commented:
“It’s a tremendous victory – we beat those who spreading fake news while trying to dwarf our achievement as well as the weather, which didn’t deter Likud voters”.
Nearly half of the party’s eligible members voted on Thursday, December 26, according to Israeli media.
— Palestine Chronicle (@PalestineChron) December 26, 2019
Netanyahu’s challenger, Gideon Saar accepted defeat, declaring that he will back Netanyahu in the country’s general election, scheduled for March 2020.
Netanyahu’s victory came despite the fact he is facing faces charges of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust in three corruption cases, in which he is accused of trading legislative or regulatory favors in exchange for lavish gifts or favorable media coverage.
(The Palestine Chronicle, MEMO, Social Media)