December 19, 2005

Likud rival congratulates Netanyahu on win: TV

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Benjamin Netanyahu's top rival in the
race to lead Israel's Likud party congratulated him on Tuesday
after exit polls projected he would win the party primary,
Channel One television said.

It said Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom, who looked set to
come in second in the party primary held on Monday, telephoned
Netanyahu to offer congratulations.