Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu claimed victory in the party leadership's challenge

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has claimed a landslide victory in the election challenging his leadership in the Likud Party

Gideon Saar, the party's MP and former education minister who challenged Netanyahu's leadership in the right-wing Likud Party, admitted his defeat, saying that he would now support Netanyahu in the general elections to be held in March.

Netanyahu received 72.5 percent of the vote, while Gideon received 27.5 percent of the vote.

According to the party, 49 percent of the one lakh 16 thousand members of Likud voted in this voting held on Thursday.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was challenged within the party, surrounded by corruption cases, after which primary elections were held to elect the new leader of Likud.

While 70-year-old Netanyahu is facing corruption cases, on the other hand, he will now have to face the general election for the third time within a year.

Earlier, in the general election held on April 9 this year, Netanyahu won a record fifth time. However, he did not get a majority and got 35 seats on par with the centrist Blue and White Party. But neither party could form a government.

Till date, no party has got a clear majority in Israel's 120-seat parliament. Therefore a coalition government is formed through dialogue.

Votes were cast in this election within the Likud Party by 11 pm on Thursday night (as per Israel time). Shortly after this, Netanyahu tweeted and claimed his victory.

He wrote in Hebrew in a tweet, "With God's help you will lead a major victory for Likud in the upcoming elections and will continue to lead Israel to unprecedented achievements."

Later, 53-year-old former minister Saar also acknowledged his defeat by tweeting in Hebrew.

He wrote in his tweet, "I am satisfied with my decision to stand in this election. Those people who do not want to take risks for the sake of their faith are never successful."

He said, "I and my colleagues will stand behind (Netanyahu) in campaigning for Likud's success in the general elections."

Saar is a well-known figure in the party and claimed that he wanted to take Likud to a new path.

Earlier on Thursday, Netanyahu appealed to party members to get out of their homes and cast their votes through Facebook Live amid reports of poor turnout amid poor weather.

Netanyahu is the longest-serving leader in the country, but he has been facing rapid scrutiny since last month in three cases of corruption.

They have been denying any wrongdoing and claim that it is a political conspiracy against them.

A local exit poll has claimed that Netanyahu has received more than 70 percent of the vote.