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Israeli elections: first exit polls

22 January 2013

22 January 2013

The first story of the exit polls here in Israel seems to be the success of Yair Lapid, the charismatic and populist TV man, who looks set to win 19 seats.

Lapid has appealed to a large swathe of the disgruntled secular middle classes, talking a lot about social issues, but not a lot about the peace process.

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It looks like it still could be good news for Bibi Netanyahu, the Prime Minister. He polled at 31, which is weaker than last week’s polls suggested. But I’m told it should be quite easy – though of course this all early speculation – for him to bring Lapid into a broad coalition. And it might be bad for the ultra-orthodox bloc. Shas, the Sephardi party, are polling at 12, and might end up isolated – though their supporters vote late, and they have a canny habit of ending up in government no matter way.

The exit polls suggest a move to the Left, then, but not one which harms Likud, or Netanyahu, who still looks certain to remain Prime Minister, largely thanks to the lack of credible alternative. There’s a long way to go though…


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  • cyllan2

    good bibi won , we cant trust the pro terrorist palestinians, or the traitor obama, if anyone has an issue see hamas charter

  • telemachus

    There are dangers ahead

    I hope and pray Obama kand the EU intercede

    See below

    The Palestinian president warned on Friday that Benjamin Netanyahu’s expected victory in next week’s election could lead to an Arab-majority country that will eventually replace what is now Israel – unless he pursues a more moderate path of a two-state solution to the conflict.

    Mohammed Ishtayeh, a top aide to Abbas, said that the president has been warning that Israel could end up with “an apartheid-style state, similar to the one of former South Africa.”

    • Augustus

      You ‘hope and pray’ Obama intercedes. All non-Muslims are in worse shape since Obama took office. As to Israel, all Obama seems to care about is surrounding that tiny state with sworn enemies.Then arming those enemies.

      • telemachus

        I detect a see change in Obama now the election is over
        Read his inauguration speech

  • telemachus

    The Palestinian president warned on Friday that Benjamin Netanyahu’s expected victory in next week’s election could lead to an Arab-majority country that will eventually replace what is now Israel – unless he pursues a more moderate path of a two-state solution to the conflict.

    Mohammed Ishtayeh, a top aide to Abbas, said that the president has been warning that Israel could end up with “an apartheid-style state, similar to the one of former South Africa.”

  • telemachus

    Good to see Bennett’s party getting a kicking

  • telemachus

    But Netanyahu has survived as PM and that is disastrous for Palestine, disastrous for peace and ultimately disastrous for us including the backlash on ex-pats in Africa

  • http://twitter.com/Waltroon Walter Ellis

    Weird. If there has been a drift to the Left in Israel, then every single political pundit in the West has been 100 per cent wrong.

    • Daniel Maris

      Sheep don’t run in different directions. :) But we are probably seeing a more polarised political landscape in Israel.

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