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Tue Jan 22, 2013, 04:28 PM

Exit polls: Netanyahu, hard-line allies win narrow majority in Israeli election

Source: Washington Post

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party emerged as the largest faction in a hotly contested parliamentary election on Tuesday, positioning the hard-liner to serve a new term as prime minister, according to exit polls. But a lackluster performance by Likud, along with surprising gains by a centrist newcomer, raised the strong possibility that he will be forced to form a broad coalition.

The exit polls aired on Israel’s three major TV stations all forecast Likud along with its traditional hardline and religious allies, capturing a shaky majority of just 61 or 62 seats in the 120-member parliament. With official results trickling in throughout the night, it was possible that the two sides could end in deadlock. In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Netanyahu said he would reach across the aisle and try to form a broad-based coalition.

“According to the exit polls, it is clear that Israel citizens decided that they want me to continue to serve as prime minister of Israel, and that I form the widest possible majority (coalition),” he said. “Already this evening I will begin working toward the widest possible government.”

Such a scenario would have deep implications for Mideast peace prospects. Netanyahu’s centrist opponents have said they would not join his government if he does not make a serious push for peace with the Palestinians. Peace talks have been deadlocked throughout Netanyahu’s four-year term.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/as-israel-votes-few-people-are-talking-about-peace-with-the-palestinians/2013/01/21/7c58b01c-6434-11e2-889b-f23c246aa446_story.html?wpisrc=al_national



This is a narrower majority then expected. Hopefully the new government in Israel will be more moderate.

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brooklynite Jan 2013 #1
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Response to iandhr (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 04:50 PM

1. Interesting: Yesh Atid came in second with 18-19 seats

Yesh Atid is a new reform-oriented Party that was formed last year. It endorsed a two-state solution but with retention of large West Bank settlements and eliminating exemptions for ultra-Orthodox and Arabs in military service.

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Tue Jan 22, 2013, 05:00 PM

2. Founded by Journalist Yair Lapid

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yair_Lapid

Son of Tommy Lapid

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yosef_Lapid.

Who like his son was a Journalist turned politician.

On the settlement issue there a few settlements blocs that are the size of small cities. Its largely understood by the peace camps on both sides that those remain part of Israel and Israel swaps land in exchange.

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Tue Jan 22, 2013, 05:08 PM

3. I'm guessing they and Shas/UTJ won't be in the same coalition

Which way will Bibi go?

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