Tally of 91% of Israeli Vote Reportedly Shows Deadlocked Knesset
Added 09-18-19 12:47:01pm EST - “As official Israeli election results continue to trickle out, a major Israeli television network is reporting that around 91% of the national vote has already been counted and the results evidence no clear path to victory for any…” - Breitbart.com
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According to Channel 12, the vast majority of votes have been counted, but the Central Elections Committee (CEC) is being extra cautious with recounts and has held back releasing most final results pending extra scrutiny of the ballots.
Israel’s Channel 12 cited a source inside the CEC as saying that the vote, with about 91% counted, reflected the following results:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud and Benny Gantz’s Blue and White tied with 32 Knesset seats each; the Arab Joint List with 12 ; the ultra-Orthodox Shas and Yisrael Beytenu headed by Avigdor Lieberman have 9 seats each; United Torah Judaism with 8; Yamina with 7; the leftist Labor-Gesher with 6; and the leftist Democratic Camp has 5.
If the television report is accurate, Netanyahu’s right-wing bloc would have a total of 56 seats, the so-called center-left would have 55 and Lieberman’s party has 9. This means Lieberman’s party is needed by both Netanyahu and Gantz to form a coalition consisting of more than 60 seats in the 120 seat Knesset.
Lieberman has repeatedly vowed to reject any coalition between Netanyahu and ultra-religious parties, instead vowing to attempt a national unity government that encompasses both Likud and Blue and White. Such unity talks could spell trouble for Netanyahu since Gantz has said that he is open to a grand coalition with Likud if the party first dumps the longtime Israeli leader and replaces Netanyahu with a new party head.
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