ISRAEL: Netanyahu’s Chief Rival Declares Victory

Haaretz reports:

With 98 percent of the vote counted in Israel’s election, Kahol Lavan grew by one seat to 33, widening its edge over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party.

Kingmaker Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu party lost a seat, leaving it with eight in the incoming Knesset.

The results give the center-left a slight advantage of 57 seats, compared to 55 seats for the right-wing bloc. Likud has 31 seats, two less than Kahol Lavan.

Gantz also declared victory in the April election but this time it seems more likely that it will stick.