Thursday, January 24, 2013

With all the votes counted: right-wing takes 61 seats

U.S. media yesterday hurriedly (and mistakenly) reported a defeat for the Right

Jewish Home Party (photo left), positivist, pro-free market, the new up and comers in Israeli politics

by Clifford F. Thies

With all the votes counted in the just conducted election in Israel, the right-wing bloc received 61 seats, enough to continue the current ruling coalition.



RIGHT

Likud-Beiteinu (right-wing) - 31

Jewish Home (religious/right-wing) 12

Shas (orthodox, sephardic) 11

UTJ (orthodox, ashkenazi) 7

TOTAL 61

CENTER AND LEFT

Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid (centrist) - 19

Labor (left-wing) - 15

Tzipi Livni's Hatnuah (centrist) - 6

Meretz (left-socialist) 6

Kadima (centrist) 2

TOTAL 48

ARAB

United Arab List-Ta'al - 4

Hadash - 4

Ballad - 3

TOTAL 11
The final counting, mainly of votes from the IDF, gave Jewish Home its twelfth seat (at the expense of a preliminary award of five seats to United Arab List-Ta'al), and gave to the right-wing block an outright majority. These final results differ a little from projections based on the exit poll mainly because Kadima managed to get across the threshold for representation (2 percent).

As expected, Benjamin Netanyahu is in a strong position to form the next government and to be re-elected prime minister. Netanyahu has indicated a desire to bring Yesh Lapid into the next government and, so, enjoy a robust majority. In addition to his focus on security, Netanyahu has indicated that he wants to make the burden of military service more fair (which means ending the exemption given the haredim or ultra-orthodox), which is a priority for Lapid.

In addition to Netanyahu, the big winners in the election include Yair Lapid and Neftali Bennett. These two fellows spoke in optimistic and inclusive terms, and embraced market-oriented economic policies. Also doing well were the religious parties and the Arab parties, reflecting the tendency of their members to have children and, thus, for these parties to expand their numbers over time. The big loser is Kadima which barely qualified for representation.

1 comment:

mitsukurina said...

"Jewish Home Party (photo left), positivist, pro-free market, the new up and comers in Israeli politics"

Of course they're hugely in favour of continued subsidies for the ultra-orthodox.