Israel election: Netanyahu says country at ‘historic junction’ as exit polls too close to call – live news

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  • Vote is country’s second in a year
  • Both PM Netanyahu and challenger Gantz back annexing Palestinian land

According to the Times of Israel, as of 2:15 am (about an hour and a half ago), just 5%(336,341) votes have been counted. By contrast, during the April election, 1.6 million ballots had been tallied by this hour.

The newspaper reports that the Central Elections Committee is warning the process will take much longer in this vote compared to the vote in April longer this time, and the full picture may not emerge until Wednesday afternoon.

“This is our country, we have no other, we will save it together,” says Netanyahu.

And he’s finished speaking. Supporters are now joining him on stage and are shaking his hand.

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