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  •  Haaertz reports that with 90% of the votes counted (4+ / 0-)
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    elwior, volleyboy1, Gemina13, StonyB

    Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu: 31 seats
    Yesh Atid:19
    Labor: 15
    Shas: 12
    Habayit Hayehudi: 11
    United Torah Judaism: 7
    Hatnuah: 6
    Meretz: 6
    United Arab List-Ta’al-Taal: 4
    Balad: 3
    Kadima: 2 seats

    Bibi will continue to be Prime Minister, but it doesn't appear that he will have as a strong coalition as he had hoped for when he called for early elections. But who knows, there are chumps in the center-left bloc, and Bibi might persuade some of them to join his rightist coalition.

    Labor, once again, performed below expectations. Seems like Yachimovich's strategy of silence on peace/security matters didn't work out that well, as Labor apparently lost a lot of votes to Lapid's Yesh Atid.

    Meretz (my fav) doubled its seats but they are still a tiny non-influential party.

    •  Yesh Atid and Labor (1+ / 0-)
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      volleyboy1

      don't differ much on security matters. Nor do they differ much from Hatnuah or for that matter Likud-Beiteinu. A clear, strong majority of Israeli voters endorsed status quo on that issue.

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