Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Exit Polls Indicate That Netanyahu And His Allies Have Win In Israel's General Election

Netanyahu, Allies Win Israeli Election -- Wall Street Journal

Exit polls show that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party and his hard-line allies have won a narrow majority in parliamentary elections.

In an election far closer than polls forecast, Netanyahu's Likud Party captured just 31 seats, well below expectations. But with his hard-line and religious allies, he would still be able to form a narrow majority in the 120-seat parliament, according to the exit polls.

In the biggest surprise, the centrist "Yesh Atid," party headed by political newcomer Yair Lapid captured as many as 19 seats, well above the forecasts. That would position Lapid to become either opposition leader or seek a major cabinet post if he decides to join Netanyahu's governing coalition.

Netanyahu's campaign manager, Gideon Saar, says he hopes to form a broad coalition.

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More News On Today's Israeli Election

Exit Polls Show Netanyahu Lost Ground to Centrist Party -- New York Times
Exit polls: Netanyahu, hard-line allies win narrow majority in Israeli election -- FOX News/AP
Election shocker: Likud 31, Lapid 19 -- YNet News
At Likud headquarters, optimism and bated breath
-- Haaretz
Netanyahu Weakened as Lapid Surprises, Israeli Exit Polls Show -- Bloomberg
Israeli exit polls show lead for Likud -- Al Jazeera
Key parties in Israeli elections -- AP

My Comment: It appears that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party (and allies) have eked out a victory. And even though they lost some votes ..... and there will be dissension within the party .... I do expect them to form the next coalition government.

Update: Palestinians see no hope for peace in Israeli polls -- Reuters

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