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Yesterday morning on the day of Israel’s national elections, I posted the following on Facebook concerning Isaac Herzog, leader of the main opposing party (Labor) to Bibi Netanyahu’s ruling Likud party.

The man is extremely dangerous. Vote Likud Israel. And somehow….I believe that they will. Just remember the fake polls from the Romney debacle*.

And I was right!

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* NOTE: Polls for Romney late in the U.S. presidential election of 2012 had him ahead of Obama, which proved to be way off. I felt that the polls this time around were just as skewed, and that the same thing would happen, but this time to Herzog.

Israeli elections take dramatic turn as official tally gives Likud sweeping victory

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) shares a moment with his wife, Sara, at Likud headquarters

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) shares a moment with his wife, Sara, at Likud headquarters. (photo credit:MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

The Israeli elections took a dramatic turn in the early morning hours on Wednesday as official tallies from nearly all precincts indicate that Likud has opened up a significant lead over Zionist Union, a far cry from the virtual dead heat that television exit polls had reported Tuesday evening.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting before dawn on Wednesday, the Likud has emerged as the clear, undisputed victor in the elections.

According to the official up-to-the-minute tally, Likud wins 30 seats while Zionist Union comes in second at 24 seats.

The parties that follow are Joint Arab List (14); Yesh Atid (11); Kulanu (10); Bayit Yehudi (8); Shas (7); United Torah Judaism (6); Yisrael Beytenu (6); and Meretz (4).

Eli Yishai’s far-right Yahad party has thus far failed to make the cut, though it has hovered near the minimum threshold throughout. These results are not final since 10 percent of precincts still need to report their results.

More here.

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