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  •  Well now... Here is an intriguing possibility (4+ / 0-)

    A Center Left Coalition...

    Yesh Atid - 19 seats + Labor 17 Seats + Ha Tanuah 7 Seats + Shas 12 seats + Meretz 7 seats -

    GIVES THE CENTER 63 SEATS!

    "'Touch it dude' - President Barack Obama"

    by volleyboy1 on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 12:14:12 PM PST

    •  Whoops 62 seats.... (3+ / 0-)
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      "'Touch it dude' - President Barack Obama"

      by volleyboy1 on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 12:15:57 PM PST

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    •  But would Yesh Atid (2+ / 0-)
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      agree to be in a colaition in which Shas is a member?

      "Valerie, why am I getting all these emails calling me a classless boor?"

      by TLS66 on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 12:54:11 PM PST

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      •  Probably (2+ / 0-)
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        volleyboy1, livosh1

        Shas is a religious party, but one whose voters are primarily modern Orthodox who serve in the military.  Shas has also shown a willingness over time to compromise on social issues (except for gay rights issues) to promote Sephardic issues and more recently, to support the settler movement and the occupation.  Yesh Atid is a party primarily concerned with social issues, particularly those relating to the middle class, and while they support a two-state solution in their platform, they also state that they support the rentention of the larger settlement blocs.  The possibility for compromise between the two is quite real (although not one that would significantly serve American interests in Israel).

        The reality is that while Atid and Shas could join in a coalition somewhat easily, the odds aren't very good that it will happen, and probably Netanyahu will retain power for the time being.  The problem is less getting Atid and Shas together than it is getting these parties together with Meretz and Hatnuah.  The odds are that a Likud/Bayit Yehudi/UTJ/Shas coalition will simply be easier to form.  And if the right wing bloc improves on its results when military votes are counted, this will become even more likely.

        The urge to save humanity is almost always a false face for the urge to rule it. ~ H.L. Mencken

        by Jay Elias on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 01:32:12 PM PST

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