Now, although we know which parties passed the threshold and which didn't and how many, give or take until the final adjustments after redistributing wasted votes, how many seats exactly each party will get in the Knesset, we must wait a couple of weeks or more to know who the Prime Minister of Israel will be and which parties will be in his coalition with which ministries. Oops, sorry for that winding, run-on sentence.
For a lover of politics like me, this really is the fun time.
The Likud-Yisrael Beitenu party "won," since it got the most votes and will have the most seats.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu delivers victory speech, January 22, 2013. Photo: Marc Israel Sellem
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that he sees many partners to share his goals with him, as he delivered a speech following the release of exit polls on Tuesday night. Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid spoke simultaneously, causing Israeli news channels to broadcast both speeches through a split screen.
Since the "new man on the block" generally does better than the veterans here in Israel, so since this year's elections had two, Lapid and NRP's Bennett, no surprise that they both did relatively well.
Israel goes Leftward as Right bloc's majority razor-thin; voter turnout 66.6%; Likud Beytenu plummets; Labor polled to get 17 seats, Bayit Yehudi 12, Shas 11, Livni and Meretz 7 each, UTJ 6. Jerusalem Post
“Something new is beginning. Religious Zionism is back on center stage.”