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Thread: Israeli exit polls: left and right almost evenly-split

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    Default Israeli exit polls: left and right almost evenly-split

    Netanyahu's electoral strategy of a Likud-Yisrael Beitenu joint list appears to have backfired, their combined predicted tally of 31 seats down almost 10 on the 2009 election. Labour have stagnated, only rising from 13 to 17, but the new centrist Yesh Atid party, which has focused predominantly on social issues has risen from nowhere to come second with 18 deputies. With Jewish Home's tally of 12, it's predicted the right will ultimately win 61 seats, compared with the centre and right's 59. Netanyahu looks like retaining his status as PM, but it's hardly the overwhelming mandate that was widely expected.
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    The closeness will mean that Netanyahu will have to court Jewish Home or go try and convince one of the Leftist parties.
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    If Yesh Latid have done so well, and Jewish Home (predicted to get around 17) have done worse than expected, then it's probably a good thing as it will force Netenyahu to seek allies in the centre rather than form a hard-right Government of Likud-Beitenyu/Jewish Home/Shas.

    I'm strongly pro-Israel, but it isn't good for the state to have a hard right government in place. The broad-based governments led by Kadima (Sharon and Olmert) proved this, as the international standing of Israel rose a lot during their time in office. Netenyahu's recent term hasn't been great.

    Still, the entire election is a bit of a slap in the face for Netenyahu and the Likud-Beitenyu experiment. In the end it seems that economic concerns were more in the minds of voters than security/peace concerns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan Tubbs View Post
    If Yesh Latid have done so well, and Jewish Home (predicted to get around 17) have done worse than expected, then it's probably a good thing as it will force Netenyahu to seek allies in the centre rather than form a hard-right Government of Likud-Beitenyu/Jewish Home/Shas.

    I'm strongly pro-Israel, but it isn't good for the state to have a hard right government in place. The broad-based governments led by Kadima (Sharon and Olmert) proved this, as the international standing of Israel rose a lot during their time in office. Netenyahu's recent term hasn't been great.
    Jewish Home were only predicted to get 12-14 seats. Shas role as kingmakers has now passed to Bennett and Jewish Home.

    Still, the entire election is a bit of a slap in the face for Netenyahu and the Likud-Beitenyu experiment. In the end it seems that economic concerns were more in the minds of voters than security/peace concerns.
    Yes, nice to see Israelis putting internal issues first rather than worry about foreign perceptions.
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    Apparently Eli Yishai of Shas has not ruled out going into Coalition with Likud, so it will be a long night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith-M View Post
    The closeness will mean that Netanyahu will have to court Jewish Home or go try and convince one of the Leftist parties.
    Adding a leftist party would probably have been his preference anyway.
    He seems to prefer to be in coalition with parties to both sides of Likud counter-balancing eachother.

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    Netanyahu will probably form a coalition with Bennett's crypto fascists, driving Israel even further to the right. Bennett believes Area C of the West Bank should be annexed and is completely opposed to a Palestinian state.

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    The Times of Israel's live blog.
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    Do any one of these parties want to rebuild the temple? I read even "liberal" jews in Israel are quite hardcore on the national matter.
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    Now confirmed that at least 50% of the Knesset will be new representatives. Fantastic turn-over.
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