Benny Gantz, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s main rival in the parliamentary elections, conceded Wednesday that he lost the election.
Gantz, a former military chief of staff, and Yair Lapid promised to keep their Blue and White party together despite their defeat.
“We will stand together,” Gantz said, according to the Jerusalem Post. “This is my first day of the next decade in which I will serve the people every way I can.”
Lapid vowed to prove the naysayers wrong, saying: “They will try to break us up. They won’t.”
Gantz did not call Netanyahu to concede directly, but said he “accepted he decision of the nation.”