Election Results

With 99% of the votes in, the results of the Israeli election are apparently:

Kadima 28

Likud 27

Yisrael Beitenu 15

Labor 13

Shas 11

United Torah Judaism 5

Hadash 4

United Arab List – Ta’al 4

National Union 4

Meretz 3

Habayit Hayehudi 3

Balad 3

Still to be counted are the votes of IDF soldiers and Israeli representatives abroad. After elections the President gives the largest party the opportunity to form a coalition, but the right-wing bloc is larger than the left-wing bloc, so both Kadima and Likud are asking President Shimon Peres to allow them first shot at forming a government.

Israel went to elections because former Prime Minister Olmert was forced to resign and Livni, who became head of Kadima, was unable to form a coalition from the parties in the Knesset. It remains to be seen whether she can accomplish this now. The Arab parties are always in the opposition, Shas had a big disagreement with Livni and is unlikely to join, and National Union will only join a Likud government. Yisrael Beitenu is a right-wing party and if it holds fast to its principles, Kadima may fail at forming a coalition.

The New York Times has a good article explaining the election results and the ramifications.

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