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With Ballots Counted, Netanyahu Scores Dramatic, Decisive Victory in Israeli Elections


MARCH 17, 2015 9:01 PM 7

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Actual results show that Likud has a strong lead over Herzog's Zionist Union. PHOTO: Ynet.

With almost all the ballots counted for Israel’s general election held today, the ruling Likud party of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has scored a dramatic and decisive victory over the rival Zionist Union party

99% of votes have been counted from a total of 4,223,057 and Likud is in first place with 23.29 percent. Zionist Union is trailing far behind in second place with 18.76 percent, almost 5 percentage points behind Likud.

The results give Netanyahu 30 seats in Israel’s Knesset, a full 6 more than the Zionist Union with 24. The tally significantly exceeds exit poll results which showed the two parties in a dead heat.

The United Arab List is in third place at 10.95 percent or 14 seats, followed by the centrist Yesh Atid with 8.78 percent or 11 seats and Moshe Kahlon’s Kulanu with 7.42 percent or 10 seats. Bayit Yehudi now holds 6.40 percent or 8 seats, Shas has 5.82 percent or 7 seats, Yisrael Beiteinu has 5.17 percent or 6 seats, and United Torah Judaism has 5.18 percent.

Meretz looks like it has barely passed the threshold at 3.90 percent or 4 seats, but Eli Yishai’s Yachad only has 2.98 percent and does not pass the electoral threshold.

71.8% of those eligible to vote made their way to the election booths on Tuesday from all around Israel, and some Israelis even traveled from abroad to cast their vote. This is the highest voter turnout since the 1999 elections, and is 4% more than the elections in 2013.

This report will be updated as more results come in.
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Top Democratic Pollster Says Israeli Election a ‘Stunning Rebuke’ to Obama



MARCH 18, 2015 11:31 AM
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Pollster and political strategist Douglas Schoen. Photo: Douglasschoen.com

Top Democratic pollster and political strategist Douglas Schoen weighed in on yesterday’s Israeli election in an interview with The Algemeiner on Wednesday, calling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decisive victory a “stunning rebuke to President Obama.”


The election was a “stunning comeback” for Netanyahu, Schoen said, and “a stunning rebuke to President Obama, who did everything within his power to defeat the Prime Minister.”


Schoen was political adviser to President Clinton and is considered one of the inventors of overnight polling. He added that Netanyahu will almost certainly be able to form a government in the nation’s parliamentary system, and credited Netanyahu’s eleventh hour comeback to the Prime Minister’s opposition to a Palestinian state.

“His last minute pledge to oppose a Palestinian state almost certainly made up the difference, in that he [Netanyahu] was trailing by 2-3 seats at the weekend,” Schoen told The Algemeiner.


In the final tally, Netanyahu’s Likud party scored 30 seats in Israel’s Knesset, six ahead of its chief rival the Zionist Union, which scored 24 seats.

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