Israel Political Brief March 17, 2015: TV exit polls show Netanyahu set to retain premiership

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TV exit polls show Netanyahu set to retain premiership

Source: Times of Israel, 3-17-15

Likud ahead or level with Zionist Union in all three exit polls, better placed to build coalition; Netanyahu’s efforts in final days drew him level with Herzog; delight in Likud, dismay in Zionist Union; Jewish…READ MORE

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Israel Political Brief January 23, 2013: Elections 2013: Yair Lapid Yesh Atid Chairman’s Victory Speech ‘We Have a Great Responsibility’

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Lapid: We Have a Great Responsibility

Source: Arutz 7, 1-23-13
“A heavy responsibility was placed our shoulders,” says Yesh Atid chairman after exit polls predict he’ll lead the second largest party.

Yair Lapid
Yair Lapid
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“A heavy responsibility was placed our shoulders tonight and the State of Israel is facing serious challenges,” Lapid said in a victory speech at his party’s headquarters.

“Throughout the campaign there was one sentence that I was told again and again,” he added. “Everywhere I went someone stood up and said: ‘Do not forget us when you’re there, do not be like all those who get elected and then forget.’ I will not forget.”

“We are here together, not at the expense of one another but with each other,” said Lapid, calling to form as broad a government as possible, uniting the moderate forces in the left and right “so we can really bring about a real change in Israel.”…READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 22, 2013: Elections 2013: Yair Lapid: Yesh Atid Chairman, TV news star turned everyman defender

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Yair Lapid, TV news star turned everyman defender

Source: AFP, 1-22-13

With classic good looks and a deep but even tone, Yair Lapid looks every bit the news anchor he was before he quit television to start a centrist party now projected to be Israel’s second biggest faction….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 23, 2013: Elections 2013: Final Voter Turnout: 66.6%

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Final Voter Turnout: 66.6%

Source: Arutz 7, 1-23-13

66.6% of eligible Israeli voters exercised their right to vote in the 2013 elections, according to final numbers.

Ballot
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66.6% of eligible Israeli voters exercised their right to vote in the 2013 elections, according to final statistics presented on Tuesday night.

Voter turnout remained high throughout the day and going into Tuesday evening, with 63.7% casting a ballot as of 8 p.m….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 22, 2013: Elections 2013: Likud leads, but rise of Yesh Atid, Jewish Home bode bumpy road ahead for PM Benjamin Netanyahu

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Likud leads, but rise of Yesh Atid, Jewish Home bode bumpy road ahead for Netanyahu

Source: JTA, 1-22-13

The prime minister’s list fell to 31 seats in the voting from its current representation of 42, while the biggest election surprise was the ascendance of Yair Lapid’s centrist Yesh Atid party, which won 18 seats….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 22, 2013: Elections 2013: Winners and losers: Ten insights on Israeli election exit poll results

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Winners and losers: Ten insights on Israeli election exit poll results

Source: Haaretz, 1-22-13

According to the polls, Benjamin Netanyahu is the only man who can form the next government, though it will be a tough job….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief January 22, 2013: Elections 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks on Facebook on Election Exit Poll Results ‘Now Time to Create As Broad a Government as Possible’

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PM: Now Time to Create As Broad a Gov’t as Possible

Source: Arutz Sheva, 1-22-13

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu wrote Tuesday night on his Facebook:

“I want to thank the millions of citizens of Israel who exercised today their democratic right. According to the sample results it is clear that the people of Israel have decided they want me to continue to serve as Prime Minister of Israel, and that I should create as broad a government as possible.”

“The results which are emerging are a great opportunity to many great changes for the good of all Israeli citizens. The elections are behind us and we have many complex challenges ahead. Already tonight I will begin efforts to create as broad a coalition as possible,

אני מבקש להודות למיליוני אזרחי ישראל שמימשו היום את זכותם הדמוקרטית. על פי תוצאות המדגמים ברור שאזרחי ישראל קבעו שהם רוצים שאמשיך לכהן בתפקיד ראש ממשלת ישראל, ושארכיב ממשלה רחבה כלל האפשר.

התוצאות המסתמנות הן הזדמנות גדולה לשינויים רבים לטובת כלל אזרחי ישראל. מערכת הבחירות מאחורינו ואתגרים רבים ומורכבים לפנינו. כבר הערב אתחיל במאמצים להרכבת הממשלה הרחבה ביותר שניתן.

Full Text Israel Political Brief January 22, 2013: Elections 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Reaches out Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid

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PM Benjamin Netanyahu Reaches out Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid

PM Benjamin Netanyahu indicated on Facebook that he had already spoken to Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid and told him that “we have an opportunity to do great things for Israel.”

רה”מ בנימין נתניהו שוחח הערב עם יו”ר מפלגת יש עתיד יאיר לפיד.

רה”מ אמר ללפיד: ”יש לנו הזדמנות לעשות דברים גדולים מאוד לטובת מדינת ישראל. מערכת הבחירות מאחורינו ועכשיו נוכל להתמקד בעשייה למען כלל אזרחי ישראל.”

Israel Political Brief January 22, 2013: Elections 2013: Jerusalem Post Analysis: Why Likud collapsed

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Analysis: Why Likud collapsed

Source: Jerusalem Post, 1-22-13

It is true that having a real, tangible adversary in an election can be helpful. Unfortunately for Netanyahu, he became his own worst enemy….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 22, 2013: Elections 2013: Exit Polls Reveal: Likud With 31, Yesh Atid Second with 18

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Polls Reveal: Likud With 31, Yesh Atid Second with 18

Exit polls show Yesh Atid with surprise success, taking second place with 18 seats. Bayit Yehudi fifth largest.
Yair Lapid

Yair Lapid
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Exit polls from Tuesday’s elections, released at 10 p.m. as the polls closed, showed Likud Beytenu winning with 31 seats. Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party surpassed all its achievements in previous surveys and earned 18 seats, putting it in second place.

The Labor party was in third with 17, Shas was fourth with 13, and Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) was in fifth with 12.

Another elections day victory went to the Arab-Jewish Hadash party, which earned five seats.

The Kadima, Am Shalem and Otzma Leyisrael parties are not believed to have made it into Knesset….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 22, 2013: Elections 2013: Election Day comes to a close, Israelis wait for exit polls

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LIVE BLOG: Election Day comes to a close, Israelis wait for exit polls

Source: Haaretz, 1-22-13

LIVE BLOG: Election Day comes to a close, Israelis wait for exit polls. Of the more than 5.65 million Israelis eligible to vote, some 3.6 million cast their ballots, with a turnout of 4 percent more than in the 2009 elections….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 22, 2013: Elections 2013: Exit polls results show Netanyahu’s Likud Beytenu at 31 seats; Yesh Atid at 19

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Exit polls show Likud Beytenu at 31 seats; Yesh Atid at 19

Source: Jerusalem Post, 1-22-13

Voter turnout numbers highest since 1999; Likud Beytenu plummets; Labor polled to get 17 seats, Bayit Yehudi 12, Shas 11, Livni and Meretz 7 each, UTJ 6; Right bloc with slight edge over Left.

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

Binyamin Netanyahu looked likely to squeak through with a narrow victory in Tuesday’s Knesset elections, exit polls released as soon as the ballots closed seemed to indicate. Exit polls from Channel 2, Channel 10 and Channel 1 gave his Likud Beytenu party 31 seats.

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It seemed that the right-wing bloc had a slight edge of 61 seats to 59 seats over the left-wing bloc.

Official results were expected to be released on Wednesday morning….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 23, 2013: Elections 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Victory Speech ‘Proud to be Your Prime Minister’

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Netanyahu: Proud to be Your Prime Minister

Source: Arutz 7, 1-23-13

“I thank you for giving me the opportunity for a third time to lead the State of Israel,” says Netanyahu in victory speech.

Netanyahu speaks after elections

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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who will head a large but weaker Likud party in the new Knesset, gave a victory speech at his party’s headquarters on Tuesday night.

“You have once again proved that Israel is a vibrant, dynamic, exemplary democracy, and I am proud to be your Prime Minister, and I thank you for giving me the opportunity for a third time to lead the State of Israel,” Netanyahu told the Israeli public. “This is a great honor but also a great responsibility.

“I see many partners in our mission and, by joining hands in a wide coalition we can succeed,” Netanyahu said, adding, “I believe that the results of the election are an opportunity to make the changes that the people of Israel are longing for.”…READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 22, 2013: Elections 2013: Exit Poll Results: Likud with 31 Seats — Channels 1, 2 and 10 publish exit polls, presenting tight race between left and right

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Channel 10 exit poll:

Likud gets 31 seats

Yesh Atid 18

Labor 17

Habayit Hayehudi 12

Shas 13

Hatnuah 6,

Meretz 6

Israel election exit polls reveal tight race between right and left

Source: Haaretz, 1-22-13

Channels 1, 2 and 10 publish exit polls, presenting tight race between left and right.

Israel’s three major television networks published exit polls on Tuesday night, after polls closed across the country at 10 P.M.

According to Channel 2’s exit polls, the battle was tight between the left and right, with 59 percent of votes going to the left-wing block, and 61 percent to the right. Channel 2’s exit polls showed Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu exited with 31 seats, followed by Yesh Atid with 19 seats, and Labor with 17 seats. Habayit Hayehudi and Shas both got 12 seats, followed by Meretz and Hatnuah, who both got 7 seats. United Torah Judaism was next, with 6 seats, followed by the Arab parties, Hadash, with 4 seats, United Arab List – Ta’al with 3 and Balad, with 2.

Kadima did not pass the threshold, nor did Otzma Leyisrael.

According to the exit polls of Channel 10, the party with the most seats was Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu, 31. Following in second place was Yesh Atid with 18 seats, and Labor, with  17 seats, followed closely in third place. The rest of the parties that passed the threshold were: Shas, 13, Habayit Hayehudi, 12, Hatnuah, 6, Meretz, 6, Yahadut Hatorah, 6, Hadash, 5, United Arab List – Ta’al, 4, Balad, 2.

According to Channel 1, Likud Beiteinu won 31 seats, followed by Yesh Atid with 19 seats and Labor with 17 seats. Habayit Hayehudi got 12 seats, Shas 22, Hatnuah 7, Meretz 7 and United Torah Judaism 6. The Arab parties followed, with Hadash garnering 3 seats, United Arab List – Ta’al, 3, Balad, 2. According to Channel 1, Otzma Leyisrael also won 2 seats.

Israel Political Brief January 22, 2013: Elections 2013: Exit Poll Voting Results: And after the elections

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And after the elections

Source: Jerusalem Post (blog), 1-22-13

If Bibi/Lieberman get close to 40 (38-40), if, he’ll first go to Lapid, then Shelly then Tzippi. In any case, the aggressive campaign against Bennett indicates Netanyahu does not want a right-wing coalition….READ MORE

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