"Today we laid the cornerstone for the leadership of the state," an elated Bennett stated after hearing the results. "We are embarking on a journey that will eventually lead us to the leadership of the State of Israel."
15,701 of the 30,734 (50.67%) eligible voters voted in 68 polling stations throughout the country.
"I thank the voters for granting me the privilege to lead the party to the next elections, and for choosing to continue the revolution. That is a hefty task," the education minister added.
"The choice was not about me. Rather, the choice was about the way... the way to maintain Israel's security without compromise, to preserve our Jewish identity, to maintain unity and to open the party's ranks. Anyone who believes in our values, this is his home."
Our 'home'," he added, (punning on the party's Hebrew name 'Bayit') has room for everyone."