ISRAEL ELECTION LIVE BLOG: Likud Cements Victory with Nearly All Votes CountedPosted: March 17, 2015
With nearly all votes counted, Benjamin Netanyahu’s Lkud party is set to emerge as the election’s big winner with 29 seats. The Zionist Union trails behind with 24 seats. The Joint List of Arab parties is the third-largest party at this point, followed by Yesh Atid, Kulanu, Habayit Hayehudi, Shas, Yisrael Beiteinu, United Torah Judaism, Meretz and Yahad.
I’m grateful that we have a leader in Washington who really cares about America. Welcome Bibi!
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) March 1, 2015
President Reuven Rivlin said he would work for a national unity government.
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Ballots were cast at 10,372 polling stations throughout Israel. There are 5,881,696 Israelis (citizens over the age of 18) who were eligible to vote today for the 20th Knesset….(read more)
- First exit polls show Herzog and Netanyahu with 27-28 mandates each (debatepolitics.com)
- BREAKING: Exit Polls Show Close Race Between Likud and Zionist Union (jpupdates.com)
- Exit Polls Show Likud and Zionist Union in Dead Heat (thetower.org)
- Poll shows Herzog maintaining lead (jta.org)
- Could Bibi Lose? (washingtonmonthly.com)
- Likud significantly extends lead over Zionist Union (fireandreamitchell.com)