Thursday, March 30, 2006

Updated Election Results

I am a bit confused about this to be honest, but these changes are due to the ballots of soldiers and overseas personnel being counted later. Kadima, Likud, and Meretz all gained an extra seat. Yisrael Beitenu and Shas dropped 1, as did Ra'am-Ta'al.

Kadima: 29
Labor: 20
Shas: 12
Likud: 12
Yisrael Beitenu: 11
National Union-NRP: 9
Pensioners: 7
United Torah Judaism: 6
Meretz: 5
Ra'am-Ta'al: 3
Hadash: 3
Balad: 3
TOTAL: 120

These changes are actually not so insignificant because Kadima + Labor + Pensioners + Meretz = 61 seats. That's a majority of Zionist parties (btw, why does it matter so much? why should a future withdrawal plan have less legitimacy if part of its support comes from Arab parties?) who would support a future "disengagement" from the West Bank.

1 comment:

John said...

I don't know if that kind of coalition is likely, because it's too slim. Any one of the partners can threaten to walk out whenever they want and thus bring down the government. I wouldn't be surprised if Liberman is brought into the coalition after all.