Expectations of a narrow victory continued well past the closure of polls in Israel, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has already delivered his victory speech. It seems to have been premature, however, for while his joint Likud-Beiteinu list has a plurality, the count from the Central Elections Committee showed a tie.
The assumption of a coalition of the far-right parties with the religious right, despite their open clashes during the campaign, no longer holds up as the 31 seats of Likud-Beiteinu, the 11 of Jewish Home and Shas, and the 7 seats of United Torah Judaism (UTJ) give that pair of blocs 60 seats… one short of the majority they need.
On the other side, the Yesh Atid Party netted 19 seats, Labor collected 15, and Tzipi Livni Party and Meretz each got 6, with Kadima getting two. That gives the center-left bloc 48 seats, actually more than the 42 that the far-right has without the religious right. 12 seats went to Arab parties, and a Center-Left-Arab coalition would also end up with 60 seats.
Both Netanyahu and Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid are talking up grand coalitions inclusive of both sides as a possibility, but how difficult it would be for such a coalition could come together, and more importantly how easy it would be for it to fly apart, makes the post-election battle for governance of Israel likely to carry on for some time.
4 thoughts on “A Tie: Israel Election Deadlocked With Center-Left and Far-Right Splitting Vote”
Time for Israel itself to fly apart at the seems.
Just wait till the arabs actually are allowed to have an equal say in the nation that in many cases was forced on them. You are watching the destruction of Israel because it was too greedy to create peace with the arabs. One who lives by the sword dies by the sword. Israel has failed to provide equal rights to arabs and it appears it will be the end of Israel. The orthodox and secular will be in a civil war shortly because of the politics is so bad.
Change of status will correct Evil comming from Israel. Israel should be renamed to : "Israel-Province of Palestine". The should be united efford by UNSC as madness and fanatism in this place without borders grows daily… This colonist ideology based on political decision remains daily to whole of mankind, that even if unpopular, some decisions of UN became problem and true embarisment and has to be corrected.
Who really cares who won election in Israel if place with its leaders is commited to finish etnic cleasing, continue in anexation process with "fingers on illegal WMD – ready to go"….World should stop being blackmailed by these barbaric fanatists and simply impose total blocade, move all Navy ships from Persian Gulf to Mediterran Sea – there is the Worlds biggest danger, not in Iran with largest Jewish population behind Israel….peter czech
If mankind fails to confront this "Visible satanic place on Earth" , then HUMANITY WILL REGRET DEARLY IN THE NEAR FUTURE…..peter czech
The Israel center-left is the right wing 'ethnic cleansing is not currently necessary' part, whilst the utlra-right thinks 'let's cleanse whilst the cleansing is good' party. The ultra-right are more honest than the center-left.
Comments are closed.