September 18, 2019 / 12:46 AM / a month ago

Netanyahu in post-election speech makes no victory claim

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves as he arrives at the Likud party headquarters following the announcement of exit polls during Israel's parliamentary election in Tel Aviv, Israel September 18, 2019. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made no victory claim or concession of defeat in a speech to his Likud party on Wednesday after exit polls showed no clear winner in an election race that was too close to call.

Netanyahu said he would await official results and said he would work toward establishing “a strong Zionist government” that would reflect the views of “many of the nation’s people.”

Reporting by Maayan Lubell; Editing by Jeffrey Heller

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