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The elections are over. The younger man has won by a landslide.

Relax.

Elections for Israel’s somewhat revitalized right-wing and religious Jewish Home party, that is.

Naftali Bennett, running for leader of the Jewish Home party, votes in the primary elections, in Ranana on November 6, 2012. (photo credit: Yehoshua Yosef/Flash90)
Naftali Bennett, running for leader of the Jewish Home party, votes in the primary elections, in Ranana on November 6, 2012. (photo credit: Yehoshua Yosef/Flash90)

Relative newcomer Naftali Bennett defeated veteran MK Zevulun Orlev in a leadership battle whose result has just been released, winning an estimated 70 percent of the votes.

The party has three seats in the outgoing Knesset.

Orlev, a 67-year-old who headed the party in the past, was regarded by many as the face of the party, once the National Religious Party, as it has been known for decades. Bennett, a 40-year-old hi-tech entrepreneur who headed Netanyahu’s office when he was opposition leader in the 1990s, was seen as a newcomer who could shake things up.

Next week, the 54,000 party members head to the polls again to select the party list for the January 2013 national elections.

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