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HomeNewsElections2019 Knesset Election Results: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu Heads for Historic 5th Term

2019 Knesset Election Results: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu Heads for Historic 5th Term

Graphic concept of Israeli voters in a line crowd silhouette behind an Israeli flag voting for an election. (Photo: AdobeStock)
Graphic concept of Israeli voters in a line crowd silhouette behind an Israeli flag voting for an election. (Photo: AdobeStock)
Graphic concept of Israeli voters in a line crowd silhouette behind an Israeli flag voting for an election. (Photo: AdobeStock)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has all but won a historic fifth term, after more than 97% of the votes resulted in a 10-seat lead over the left. The roughly raw 10,000-vote lead is highly likely to grow as the outstanding vote is largely military and pro-Likud.

Almost all of the minor right-wing parties have already said they will recommend to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin that he choose Prime Minister Netanyahu to form the next ruling coalition.

PartySeats WonVote Share
Kahol Lavan3529.2
UTJ (United Torah)66.7
Israeli Labor Party65
United Right64.2
Yisrael Beiteinu64.2
Ra’am Balad33.3
New Right00

In the right-wing bloc, the parties that made it into the Knesset are Likud (35), Shas (8), United Torah Judaism (6), United Right (6), Yisrael Beiteinu (5) and Kulanu (4).

Technically, Avigdor Lieberman, who leads Yisrael Beiteinu, has yet to announce who he will recommend. A minimum of 60 Knesset seats are required to form a coalition government.

Still, Kulanu, the Union of Right-Wing Parties, Shas and United Torah Judaism have won a total of 25 Knesset seats. With Likud, they have the necessary 60 seats.

At the moment, Gesher, Zehut, and Hayamin Hehadash failed to meet the 3.25-percent threshold to enter Knesset. However, Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked of Hayamin Hehadash–which currently have 3.14% of the vote–believe the remaining military vote could put them over.

In the left-wing bloc, the parties that made it into the Knesset are Kahol Lavan (35), Hadash-Ta’al (6), Israeli Labor Party (6), Meretz and Ra’am Balad, or United Arab List-Balad (3).

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Rich, the People's Pundit, is the Data Journalism Editor at PPD and Director of the PPD Election Projection Model. He is also the Director of Big Data Poll, and author of "Our Virtuous Republic: The Forgotten Clause in the American Social Contract."

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  • I am offended when I see the “STAR of DEATH” flown in public.
    For 3,500 years Israel has practiced eugenics …. Jewishness is based on: Jewish mother determines that you are Jewish …. Jewish father determines the Tribe (cohen, levite, dan, benjamin) They are a TRIBE …. a family based GANG. If you are not an active member you are NOT part of the GANG. No more than having a cousin in the Hell’s Angels makes YOU a Hell’s Angel.
    ALL people of Good Will should oppose the ORIGINAL nazis.
    Never FORGIVE, Never FORGET, the SHOAH of 1.5MILLION Armenian Christians under the crypto-Jewish “Young Turks”
    Never FORGIVE, Never FORGET, the SHOAH of 66MILLION Christians under the Jewish COMMUNIST Bolsheviks
    The sight of the “STAR of DEATH” sends a frightening and offensive message to ALL NON-Jews. Israel does not have a ‘right to exist” because Israel is born of genocide and war crimes.
    The “STAR of DEATH” represents the ORIGINAL “Nazis”, the perpetrators and braggarts of the FIRST holocaust: FUNNY that everything they claim the nazis did is an EXACT COPY of their own book..
    Deuteronomy 7:16, 20:16 “And thou shalt consume all the peoples which the Lord thy God shall deliver unto thee; thine eye shall not pity them…thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth.”

    Numbers c.5 v.2-4
    Leviticus c.20 v.13 well, really the whole chapter
    Exodus c.32 v.27
    Numbers c.11 v.1-2
    Numbers c.16 all
    Numbers c.21 v.5-6
    Numbers v.26 v.10
    KILL anyone who engages in “DIVERSITY” or “INTEGRATION”
    Numbers v25 v.4-8
    Deuteronomy c.14 v.2
    a very brief selection, many more in THEIR book.
    Numbers c.21 v.03 Canaanites
    Numbers c.21 v.24 Amorites
    Numbers c.21 v.33-35 Bashan
    Numbers c.31 all Midianites
    Numbers c.32 v. more Amorites
    Deuteronomy c.2 v.34 People of Heshbon
    Deuteronomy c.3 v.6 really the whole chapter. threescore cities
    Joshua c.12 A list of victims of Israeli GENOCIDE
    Numbers c.21 v.25
    Numbers c.32 v.39
    Numbers c.33 v.53
    (just to name a FEW)
    Numbers c.33 v.31-34
    Deuteronomy c.7 v.2
    Deuteronomy c.12 v.28-30
    Deuteronomy c.20 v.11-16
    Deuteronomy c.2 v.2
    Deuteronomy c.7 v.1
    Jews SELF-anointed “The CHOSEN People of GOD”
    Nazis SELF-anointed “The CHOSEN People of GENETICS”.
    TODAY Israel states that it is creating “A PURE Jewish State”
    YESTERDAY the Nazis were creating “A PURE German State”
    And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword . . . (Joshua 6:21)
    For modern day reinforcement of these “rules” research/google “the KINGS TORAH”

  • Curious if you have any opinion on the impact of Netanyahu’s indictment on the election? It couldn’t have helped but did it significantly impact Likud’s and the right-leaning parties’ vote tallies? Thanks!

    • Great question!

      We actually believe that the talk over who did and didn’t support immunity for Benjamin Netanyahu actually hurt some of the minor rightwing parties.

      No doubt there were some persuadable voters were impacted by the legal troubles. But ultimately, it fired up his supporters, as did his relationship with Donald Trump. In the end, it really wasn’t as close as the Exit Polls suggested. The last 3% will be heavy for rightwing parties.

  • What will this mean as a whole going forward?

    • We really would like to wait for the remaining 3%, but it means the Left still has a lot of work to do in Israel. Even under threat of prosecution, Benjamin Netanyahu and Likud did well, and the rightwing overall did even better. Netanyahu’s unnamed successor didn’t make the cut as of now, but that’s not unsurprising. Who would vote for number two while number one is still in the game and winning? Not many.

      The remaining vote will be heavy for rightwing blocs, and it could push another over the threshold. But we’ll have to wait and see.

  • …so here is another anomaly Israeli Jews vs. American democratic Jews

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