Elections In Israel [Updated]

Do we still have Israeli readers? If so, could you please interpret things a bit for those of us in the rest of the world?



Update: The exit polls have Netanyahu hanging on, with difficulty and Yesh Atid doing extremely well. Yesh Atid means: There is a future. So, question, where is Yesh Atid on the scale of left to right and in relationship to Likud (Netanyahu’s party)?


  1. Yerushalimey said,

    January 22, 2013 @ 12:49 pm

    The polls in Israel close at 10pm – 3pm EST.
    Starting at 2pm EST, you can watch an election special (in English). See here:
    Best wait till then for analysis…
    However, I did find this notable:
    7:02 PM
    TwitterBen Hartman @Benhartman
    Israel Prison Service: 63% of eligible prisoners voted so far in this election, out of 10,800 eligible, last election only 21%

  2. Jeanette said,

    January 22, 2013 @ 4:32 pm

    Yes, Aggie, you most certainly still have Israeli readers.

    The “results” so far are exit polls carried out for the various news networks by assorted polling companies. They give a reasonably accurate picture but one must wait till tomorrow to get the final, error-free results.

    Clearly Likud has lost strength but is still the largest party and it looks as if Bibi Netanyahu will once again be Prime Minister. Yair Lapid’s “Yesh Atid” (“There is a Future”) centrist party has done surprisingly well and now appears to be the second largest political group in Israel.

    Forming a viable coalition may be a nightmare for Bibi. On the other hand IF the leaders of the centrist parties (Lapid and Labor’s Shelly Yacimovich) put the good of the country before their egos, it could be a fairly simple undertaking. We live in hope!

  3. Bloodthirsty Liberal said,

    January 22, 2013 @ 6:35 pm

    I guess the whole world is turning leftward, isn’t it Jeanette? I hope that the Israelis maintain their national defense, and their independence from the pressures of the United States, no matter what the shape of the new coalition becomes.

    And thanks for continuing to read. :)

    - Aggie

  4. Joe said,

    January 23, 2013 @ 12:18 am

    Is there a rule that only the largest party can for the coalition ? Surely the smaller right wing parties are larger when combined with centrist parties ?

  5. Bloodthirsty Liberal said,

    January 23, 2013 @ 7:23 am


    I’ve never understood Parliamentary systems because here in the US we do it differently. So I don’t know the answer and possibly someone will take the time to explain it. I think that the combination of Likud Beteinu (already a combination of Likud and Beteinu) plus Yesh Atid is more than Kadima, Labor, Meretz, etc. combined, but I don’t know. There are also very religious parties. What I think has happened is that somehow Netanyahu has held on, making him the longest serving PM in Israeli history. I like that very much, if only because Obama can’t stand the guy. That speaks well for him at some level and has to be frustrating for the US administration.

    - Aggie

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