Israeli PM Netanyahu claims 'giant victory' in Likud party primary
Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has won a landslide victory in the race for leadership of the Likud party.
Official results announced early on Friday showed he had won 72% of votes, compared with 28% for his rival Gideon Saar.
Mr Netanyahu earlier wrote: "A giant victory! Thanks to the members of Likud for the trust, support and love.
"God willing, I will lead Likud to a big victory in the coming elections and will continue to lead the state of Israel to unprecedented achievements."
The vote comes as Mr Netanyahu battles corruption charges.
The 70-year-old, who has been prime minister since 2009, is accused of bribery, fraud and breach of trust.
Prosecutors allege he traded legislative or regulatory favours for gifts or favourable media coverage, allegations he denies.