At 97% of Votes Counted: Netanyahu Bloc Poised For 65 Seat Win



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    At 97% of Votes Counted: Netanyahu Bloc Poised For 65 Seat Win

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    As of Wednesday morning, at 11:30 a.m. Israeli time, the right-wing bloc headed by Binyamin Netanyahu is poised for a major comeback. With 97% of the votes counted, the right-wing bloc appears to have gained 65 seats, but this number will change as more votes are counted • Full Story

    Via The Yeshivah World

    As of Wednesday morning at 11:30 a.m. Israeli time, the right-wing bloc headed by Binyamin Netanyahu is poised for a major comeback.

    With 97% of the votes counted, the right-wing bloc appears to have gained 65 seats but this number will change as more votes are counted. However, all exit polls show Netanyahu’s bloc winning 62 seats, enough to form a coalition.

    If the Arab Balad party and far-left Meretz party, which fell far short of the electoral threshold earlier in the count, fail to pass, the right-wing bloc could win a 65-seat majority. However, Meretz is currently at the cusp of passing, with 3.23% of total votes. The Arab Balad party, which had long been predicted to fall short of the electoral threshold, now has 3.04% of total votes.

    The Hadash-Ta’al and Ra’am parties have both passed the electoral threshold.

    The major winner in the election is The Religious Zionist Party, with exit polls showing a win of 14 or even 15 seats, which would make it the third-largest party in the Knesset.

    The Chareidi parties are also poised to gain an unprecedented number of seats, with Shas expected to gain 11-12 seats and UTJ 8 seats.

    The current count can still change significantly since voting slips are received by the Central Elections Committee from different areas of Israel at different times.

    Current results:

    Likud – 23.32% (32 seats)
    Yesh Atid – 17.98% (24 seats)
    The Religious Zionist Party – 10.32% (14 seats)
    National Unity Party – 8.94% (12 seats)
    Shas – 8.41% (11 seats)
    United Torah Judaism – 6.16% (8 seats)
    Yisrael Beytenu – 4.35% (5 seats)
    United Arab List (Ra’am) – 4.28% (5 seats)
    Hadash-Ta’al – 3.87% (5 seats)
    Labor – 3.57% (4 seats)
    Meretz – 3.19%
    Balad – 3.01%
    Jewish Home – 1.17%
    B’Omtez Beshvilcha – 0.32%
    Economic Freedom – 0.29%
    New Economic Party – 0.28%
    Tzeirim Boarim – 0.16%

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