Exit polls in Israeli elections predict close result

According to the first round of exit polls, Netanyahu and his right-wing coalition bloc have failed to secure the 61 seat majority they needed.

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    Polls have closed in Israel and ballots are being counted after millions took part in an election widely seen as a referendum on the fate of incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Netanyahu, who became Israel's longest-serving prime minister in July, is seeking a record fifth term in office. He is competing against his toughest challenger in years, former army chief Benny Gantz, leader of the centrist Blue and White party.

    According to the first round of exit polls, Netanyahu and his right-wing coalition bloc have failed to secure the 61-seat majority they needed.

    Al Jazeera's Harry Fawcett reports, from Tel Aviv.


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