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Netanyahu's Likud party storms to victory in Israel election


March 18,Jerusalem: In a dramatic victory against all odds, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today secured a stunning win in Israel's closely-fought general election following a last-minute shift on Palestinian statehood, as he appeared set to become the country's longest-serving premier.

"Against all odds, we achieved a great victory for the Likud," Netanyahu told supporters, declaring victory even before final results were formally announced.