ISRAEL ELECTIONS 2021, THE FIRST RESULTS

The Likud of the Israeli premier, Benjamin Netanyahu, wins 31 seats in the elections, confirms himself as the first party and with the help of the techno-settler Naftali Bennett could reach the majority of 61 seats necessary to form a right-wing government among the most radical that the Jewish state has ever seen. The first exit polls give the image of a divided country with a still uncertain future: the 16 ultra-Orthodox parties (Shas at 9 and United Torah Judaism at 7) would go to the Bibi block, together with the Likud seats. 7 seats of the ultra-nationalist Religious Zionism.

ISRAEL ELECTIONS, NETANYAHU ARRIVES FIRST BUT NEEDS NATIONALIST BENNETT

To these 54 seats it is assumed that Yamina’s 7 seats will be added: Bennett, former protege of Netanyahu, spent the electoral campaign calling for a change at the top of the country but never ruled out going to government with the Likud leader ; instead he put on paper the promise not to sit in an executive led by the centrist, Yair Lapid. The techno-settler is the tip of the balance: the anti-Netanyahu bloc in fact has 59 seats.

ISRAEL ELECTIONS, THE RESULTS OF CENTRISTS AND LEFT

Yesh Atid’s centrists take 18, Benny Gantz’s Blue and White, Avigdor Lieberman’s Labor Merav Michaeli and Yisrael Beiteinu take 7, six on the far left of Meretz as well as conservative Gideon Saar’s New Hope. The United Arab List gains 8 seats as Mansour Abbas fails the lone bet and his Ra’am fails to cross the 3.25% threshold. To have the definitive results we will have to wait until Friday, said the director general of the Central Electoral Commission, Orly Adas.

ISRAEL ELECTIONS LONG TIMES FOR THE CHILD

To lengthen the time, it is not only the counting of the files of military, prisoners and diplomats in the world but above all those of Covid and quarantined patients, whose management complicates the procedures. The room for maneuver is very tight, a couple of seats make the difference, so a few thousand votes can give concrete chances to one or the other field. Low voter turnout, the figures were lower than the last election in March 2020, and the worst since 2009. A scenario foreseen, and feared by many, in particular by those parties that risk not being able to exceed the threshold of 3.25% barrage and to stay out of the Knesset.

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