99% Counted: Kadima 28, Likud 27, UTJ 5


untitled-25:30 a.m. IL/10:30 p.m. EST: Exit polls show Kadima will be the largest party in the new Knesset, but the Likud-led right-wing would constitute the larger bloc. With 99% of the ballot boxes counted, Kadima has a predicted 28 seats and Likud 27. Yisroel Beiteinu has a predicted 15 mandates, Labor 13, Shas 11, Arab List 5, Yahadus HaTorah-United Torah Judaism 5, National Union 4, Chadash 4, Meretz 3, Bayit Hayehudi 3, and Balad 2.

Yisroel Beiteinu, whose support could be critical to the nature of the next coalition, was to meet on Wednesday to discuss the options produced by the election outcome. Party leader Avigdor Lieberman, in a victory speech after midnight, indicated it was his intention to go with the Likud.

Both Netanyahu and Livni had called Lieberman on Tuesday night and asked for his support.
Official results sanctioned by the Central Elections Committee are not expected until early Wednesday morning and the final results, including votes from soldiers and emissaries abroad, will only be published on February 18.

A Dialog poll broadcast on Channel 10 gave Kadima 30 mandates, Likud 28 seats, and Yisroel Beiteinu 15.

A Midgam poll on Channel 1 found that Kadima had won 30, Likud 28, and Yisroel Beiteinu 14.
The Dahaf Institute’s poll on Channel 2 predicted 29 mandates for Kadima, 27 for Likud, and 15 for Yisroel Beiteinu.

Overall voter turnout, which observers had feared would be low, was 65.2%, over two percentage points higher than in the 2006 national elections.

President Shimon Peres will have to wait for the final results on February 18 before he can officially begin consulting with the factions elected to the Knesset about who should form the coalition. Peres intends to meet with the factions quickly to expedite the process of appointing a candidate to form a coalition.

{Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel}


  1. I can agree with the policy of not showing women on the site. But cutting them off is unnecessary and lacks a kovod habrios. How about a box that just has her name Livni written diagonally next to the other politicians? Either that or just leave it out. But this decision I feel is lo zu haderech. Yasher Koach for everything else!