Israel election: Exit polls show Netanyahu holds edge over rival

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is claiming victory in Israel’s general election, although it appears he has fallen one or two seats short of a parliamentary majority.

Exit polls suggest Netanyahu’s Likud party and its right-wing allies have about half the 120 seats in the Knesset ahead of his main rival, Benny Gantz of the Blue and White alliance.

It will be the country’s third election in less than a year.

Al Jazeera’s Harry Fawcett reports from Tel Aviv.

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Israel, a Middle Eastern country on the Mediterranean Sea, is regarded by Jews, Christians and Muslims as the biblical Holy Land. Its most sacred sites are in Jerusalem. Within its Old City, the Temple Mount complex includes the Dome of the Rock shrine, the historic Western Wall, Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Israel’s financial hub, Tel Aviv, is known for its Bauhaus architecture and beaches. 

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