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Mahapach! מהפך – Likud Crushes Zionist Union

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

מהפך “Mahapach” – translated as upheaval or revolution, was the headline used by the Israeli media immediately following the 1977 elections when the Likud, led by Menachem Begin, won for the first time, changing the face of Israeli politics forever.

The overwhelming electoral victory yesterday by the Likud, led by Benjamin Netanyahu, was nothing less than that, a revolution and upheaval, and most importantly, an absolutely clear mandate from the people to lead the coalition and the State of Israel.

With 99% of the votes counted, we’ll only see 1 seat change here or there as the percentages and deals are calculated.

The Likud is either at 29 or 30 seats, with an absolutely clear lead.

Labor/Zionist Union (Herzog / Livni): 24
Likud (Netanyahu): 29 (or 30)
The Joint (Arab) List: 14
Bayit Yehudi (Bennett): 8
Yesh Atid (Lapid): 11
Kulanu (Kachlon): 10
UTJ (Gafni / Litzman): 7 (or 6)
Shas (Deri): 7
Yisrael Beyteynu (Liberman): 6
Meretz (Gal-On): 4
Yachad (Eli Yishai): 0

 

Both large parties, Likud and Zionist Union, won their seats by cannibalizing their smaller natural partners.

Bayit Yehudi made the biggest sacrifice for the Likud, with Bayit Yehudi voters heeding Netanyahu’s call to vote for Likud to guarantee Netanyahu a clear mandate..

Eli Yishai’s Yachad party did not make it into the Knesset.

Zahava Galon, the head of the Meretz party quit her party this morning, after winning only 4 seats.

With 50% of the Votes Counted, the Likud Pulls Ahead

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

With 50% of the votes counted, the Likud has jumped ahead of the Zionist Union by a whopping 6 seats to around 29 seats.

This may be a temporary blip, and the difference will probably decrease once the remaining votes are counted.

Eli Yishai’s Yachad party is slowly rising, but it isn’t clear yet if he will reach the minimum threshold.

Netanyahu Declares Victory

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

A very happy PM Netanyahu declared victory at the Likud victory party, following the release of the exit poll results from Tuesday’s general elections in Israel.

Netanyahu said that against all the odds, this was a great victory for the Likud, and for the people of Israel.

Netanyahu told his followers that he called all the leaders of the nationalist parties and asked them to join him, and quickly form a government. He declared that he wants to form a strong, stable government.

Netanyahu repeatedly thanked his wife Sara for her support, and for dealing with all the media attacks against her personally.

Yitzchak Herzog (Zionist Union/Labor) said the race is still open.

Still, it appears that the keys to the government lay in the hands of former Likud member Moshe Kachlon and his Kulanu party.

Netanyahu Makes His Phone Calls

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

PM Netanyahu made his call to Minister Naftali Bennett and said he is working to form a nationalist (rightwing) government.

Bennett said this is a victory for the right, even though Bayit Yehudi took a big hit for the Likud.

Netanyahu also called Aryeh Deri.

Avigdor Liberman is refusing to take calls from Netanyahu and Herzog tonight – the same game he played 2 elections ago.

LIVE: Initial Election Results – Who Won, Who Lost…

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Here are the initial Exit Poll results from the 2015 elections for the 20th Knesset in Israel:

These are not final numbers, which can still change by the morning.

The configuration options assume that everyone goes with their natural partners. Other options is a National Unity government, or that some parties switch sides from their natural partners for a better offer.

It appears that PM Netanyahu is in the best position to form a coalition, but it will be dependent on Moshe Kachlon (Kulanu).

10:01 PM

Side by side comparison of the exit poll results:

Channel 10 2 1 Walla!
Party
Labor/Zionist Union (Herzog / Livni): 27 27 27 27
Likud (Netanyahu): 27 28 27 27
The Joint (Arab) List: 13 13 12 13
Bayit Yehudi (Bennett): 8 8 9 8
Yesh Atid (Lapid): 11 12 12 12
Kulanu (Kachlon): 10 9 10 10
UTJ (Gafni / Litzman): 7 6 6 6
Shas (Deri): 7 7 7 7
Yisrael Beyteynu (Liberman): 5 5 5 5
Meretz (Gal-On): 5 5 5 5
Yachad (Eli Yishai): 0 0 0 0

 

Walla!

Labor/Zionist Union (Herzog / Livni): 27
Likud (Netanyahu): 27
The Joint (Arab) List: 13
Bayit Yehudi (Bennett): 8
Yesh Atid (Lapid): 12
Kulanu (Kachlon): 10
UTJ (Gafni / Litzman): 6
Shas (Deri): 7
Yisrael Beyteynu (Liberman): 5
Meretz (Gal-On): 5
Yachad (Eli Yishai): 0

Possible configurations (Walla!):

OPTION 1

LEFT: Labor/Zionist Union (Herzog / Livni): 27 + The Joint (Arab) List: 13 + Yesh Atid (Lapid): 12 + Meretz (Gal-On): 5 = 57

RIGHT Likud (Netanyahu):  27 + Bayit Yehudi (Bennett):  8 + Kulanu (Kachlon): 10 + UTJ (Gafni / Litzman): 6 + Shas (Deri): 7 + Yisrael Beyteynu (Liberman):  5 + Yachad (Eli Yishai):  0 = 63

 

OPTION 2 (It all depends on Kachlon

LEFT (Option 2): Labor/Zionist Union (Herzog / Livni): 27 + The Joint (Arab) List: 13 + Kulanu (Kachlon): 10 + Yesh Atid (Lapid): 12 + Meretz (Gal-On): 5 = 67

RIGHT (Option 2) Likud (Netanyahu):  27 + Bayit Yehudi (Bennett):  8 + UTJ (Gafni / Litzman): 6 + Shas (Deri): 7 + Yisrael Beyteynu (Liberman):  5 + Yachad (Eli Yishai):  0 = 53

 

Channel 2

Labor/Zionist Union (Herzog / Livni): 27
Likud (Netanyahu): 28
The Joint (Arab) List: 13
Bayit Yehudi (Bennett): 8
Yesh Atid (Lapid): 12
Kulanu (Kachlon): 9
UTJ (Gafni / Litzman): 6
Shas (Deri): 7
Yisrael Beyteynu (Liberman): 5
Meretz (Gal-On): 5
Yachad (Eli Yishai): 0

Possible configurations (Channel 2):

OPTION 1

LEFT: Labor/Zionist Union (Herzog / Livni): 27 + The Joint (Arab) List: 13 + Yesh Atid (Lapid): 12 + Meretz (Gal-On): 5 = 57

RIGHT Likud (Netanyahu):  28 + Bayit Yehudi (Bennett):  8 + Kulanu (Kachlon): 9 + UTJ (Gafni / Litzman): 6 + Shas (Deri): 7 + Yisrael Beyteynu (Liberman):  5 + Yachad (Eli Yishai):  0 = 63

 

OPTION 2 (It all depends on Kachlon)

LEFT (Option 2): Labor/Zionist Union (Herzog / Livni): 27 + The Joint (Arab) List: 13 + Kulanu (Kachlon): 9 + Yesh Atid (Lapid): 12 + Meretz (Gal-On): 5 = 66

RIGHT (Option 2) Likud (Netanyahu):  28 + Bayit Yehudi (Bennett):  8 + UTJ (Gafni / Litzman): 6 + Shas (Deri): 7 + Yisrael Beyteynu (Liberman):  5 + Yachad (Eli Yishai):  0 = 54

 

Channel 10 

Labor/Zionist Union (Herzog / Livni): 27
Likud (Netanyahu): 27
The Joint (Arab) List: 13
Bayit Yehudi (Bennett): 8
Yesh Atid (Lapid): 11
Kulanu (Kachlon): 10
UTJ (Gafni / Litzman): 7
Shas (Deri): 7
Yisrael Beyteynu (Liberman): 5
Meretz (Gal-On): 5
Yachad (Eli Yishai): 0

Possible configurations (Channel 10):

OPTION 1

LEFT: Labor/Zionist Union (Herzog / Livni): 27 + The Joint (Arab) List: 13 + Yesh Atid (Lapid): 11 + Meretz (Gal-On): 5 = 56

RIGHT Likud (Netanyahu):  27 + Bayit Yehudi (Bennett):  8 + Kulanu (Kachlon): 10 + UTJ (Gafni / Litzman): 7 + Shas (Deri): 7 + Yisrael Beyteynu (Liberman):  5 + Yachad (Eli Yishai):  0 = 64

 

OPTION 2 (It all depends on Kachlon)

LEFT (Option 2): Labor/Zionist Union (Herzog / Livni): 27 + The Joint (Arab) List: 13 + Kulanu (Kachlon): 10 + Yesh Atid (Lapid): 11 + Meretz (Gal-On): 5 = 66

RIGHT (Option 2) Likud (Netanyahu):  27 + Bayit Yehudi (Bennett):  8 + UTJ (Gafni / Litzman): 7 + Shas (Deri): 7 + Yisrael Beyteynu (Liberman):  5 + Yachad (Eli Yishai):  0 = 54

Three Arrested for Stealing Yachad Voting Slips

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Police arrested three people, one in Jerusalem’s Ramat Shlomo neighborhood, one in Beit Shemesh and another in the town of Kochav Yaacov after the suspects removed all the Yachad voting slips from voting booth.

The Yachad party reports that their slips have been removed from dozens of voting stations.

In Israel, voting is done by inserting a slip of paper representing the party you want into an envelope, and then inserting the envelope into the voting box. By removing all the slips, it would be impossible, for a short time at least, to vote for that party.

Needless to say, interfering with the ability for a voting process is illegal.

In addition, it appears a straw party was created, represented by the letters “נץ” in polling stations. The Yachad party used “קף”.

But in the previous election, the party Baruch Marzel was a member of, Otzma L’Yisrael, used “נץ”, implying that this party may have been set up by an opponent solely to confuse voters.

Election Victory for Israelis: A Well-Deserved Vacation

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Election Day is a national holiday in Israel, with schools and most businesses closed, and for good reason.

Speaking in the name of nearly 6 million eligible voters, we are suffering from a two-month major migraine from the emptiest and most shallow, slummy and stupid campaign ever.

We have a migraine from the egomaniacs that are sure that the louder they shout that they will be the next Prime Minister, the more likely it will happen.

It brings to mind the Prophet Eliyahu (Elijah), who challenged 450 idol worshippers to pray to God for rain during a severe drought. As evening approached and rain did not come, the prophet said, in Kings 1:18, 27-29:

And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.’

And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.

And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.

I doubt whether Elijah’s words will be in the ears of voters at more than 10,000 polling stations today, but who can blame them?

In the past week, I have received at least five phone calls from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and almost twice that many from Naftali Bennett, chairman of the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home).

His party’s most popular Knesset Member, Ayelet Shaked, almost drove me to vote for Meretz after calling me seven times within 24 hours.

If Moshe Kachlon, when he was Communications Minister, really wanted to revolutionize the phone business, he would have passed a law prohibiting computerized phone calls.

The only good side of the appeals from Bibi, Bennett and Ayelet are that they made me forget the phone calls that I should go on a diet, which thank God I need like I need another day of election campaigning, and treatment for ADD, with which I function quite well, thank you. Is there a journalist who is not ADD?

Election campaigning, thank God, is forbidden on Election Day, so the biggest headlines are that the Prime Minister and his wife have voted, Aryeh Deri has voted, President Reuven Rivlin and his wife have voted, and Tzipi Livni has voted.

Isn’t that a relief?

The turnout is expected to be unusually high, perhaps even 70 percent. Don’t bet on it, but the hope of all is that we won’t have more migraine headaches for another four years.

The worst migraine from this campaign has come from what I call the “media establishment,” which includes the wrongly-named Radio Kol Yisrael (Voice of Israel, which it isn’t), Yediot Acharonot, the newspaper owned by the Moses family that considers Netanyahu and his wife Public Enemies Number One, and most of the Israeli television stations.

They make MSNBC pall by comparison in their panting over the liberal left.

If Yitzchak Herzog is the next Prime Minister, then Abraham Lincoln’s phrase that “you can’t fool all the people all the time” no longer is valid.

Considering the vicious lies propagated by the media and the American-funded anti-Bibi campaign, which The Jewish Press reported here yesterday might have been illegally funded by the Obama administration, Netanyahu has to be given credit that he still is the race.

If he does form the next government, and there is no way Herzog can do so unless right-wing and Haredi voters are given some of the stuff promoted by the Green Leaf party before they vote, the anti-Netanyahu crowd should do some soul-searching.

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