Israeli Politics



It was a tough night.

Left and Right in dead heat with most votes counted

01/23/2013 05:41

With 99.8% of votes tallied, Right and Left blocs tie with 60 seats each; voter turnout 66.6%; Likud-Beytenu receive 31 seats, Yesh Atid 19, Labor 15, Bayit Yehudi, Shas 11, Livni, Meretz 6 each, UAL-Taal 5, Hadash 4, Kadima 2.

Netanyahu visit Western Wall after voting, Jan. 22, 2013

Netanyahu visit Western Wall after voting, Jan. 22, 2013 Photo: Marc Israel Sellem

With the polls closed and the majority of votes tallied, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likud Beytenu list appears to have done even worse in Tuesday’s election than public opinion polls predicted last week, winning 31 seats  – 11 fewer than the 42 the two parties held in the last parliament.

In a clear shift away from the Right, the Center-Left bloc, which won only 55 seats in the 2009 election, had risen to 60 seats to bring it at an even split with the Right.

The 19th Knesset show 31 seats for Likud – Beytenu, Yesh Atid as the second biggest party with 19, Labor in third at 15, with Shas and Bayit Yehudi at 11 seats each, the Central Elections Committee announced.

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