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Netanyahu dials up likely partners Deri, Smotrich to fete vote projections

Likud head Benjamin Netanyahu has spoken by phone with Aryeh Deri, whose Shas party is projected to get up to nine seats in the Knesset, making it the second largest party in a potential Netanyahu-led governing coalition.

Netanyahu congratulated Deri and the two planned to continue a discussion on the election results later in the evening, the Shas head’s spokesman says.

Netanyahu also spoke by phone with Religious Zionism head Bezalel Smotrich and congratulated him as well, according to a Religious Zionism spokesman. The far-right party is projected to get 6-7 seats.

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