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Despite win, Netanyahu loses big in Israel election
Election » Netanyahu seems to have squeezed by a surprisingly tight election, but his hold on power is more tenuous than ever before.

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"I can tell you there will be surprises," she said.

True enough. None of the polls had predicted a Lapid triumph of the magnitude exit polls indicated.

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Chen Lipman, 41, a Labor party supporter in Tel Aviv said he encountered Lapid adherents "all day long, everywhere," yet still expressed "shock" at the results.

In Jerusalem, Israel’s most conservative major city, loud applause and howls of joy greeted the exit polls in Meretz’s headquarters. About the Likud loss, one woman commented "it couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch!"

Interviewed on radio, Efrat Lapid, Yair’s sister, proclaimed "a return to sanity."

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