In less than 48 hours, Israelis will head to the polls, already knowing who will most likely be elected as Prime Minister (Benyamin Netanyahu), but still waiting to find out what kind of coalition he will have.
The election propaganda law forbids newspapers to publish election polls during Election Day and the 48 hours prior. Therefore, all the media outlets published their last polls in the weekend papers and news programs. Maariv summed up all the polls in one graph.
The graph includes six polls published by Maariv, Reshet Bet (national radio), Yisrael Hayom, Wallah (news website), Channel 2 TV and Channel 10 TV from January 15th to January 17th.
The polls give the following results:
Likud-Beiteinu (Netanyahu) 32-37 seats
Labor (Yachimovitch) 14-18 seats
Jewish Home (Bennet) 12-15 seats
Shas (Sephardic Ultra-Orthodox party) 10-12 seats
Yesh Atid (Yair Lapid) 8-12 seats
The Movement (Tzipi Livni) 5-9 seats
Meretz (Far Left party) 4-7 seats
Yahadut Hatorah (Ashkenazi Ultra-Orthodox party) 6 seats
Hadash (Arab communist party) 3-4 seats
Balad (Arab nationalist party) 3-4 seats
Raam-Taal (Arab party) 3-4 seats
Kadima (Shaul Mofaz) 2-3 seats
Strong Israel (Far Right party) 0-3 seats
Am Shalem (Rabbi Haim Amsalem) 0-2 seats
Despite the rather small margin of discrepancies between the different polls, there are still a large number of undecided voters. One poll said the undecided voters number 14%.
Either way, the law forbids propaganda and any new election polls to be published from now until the voting ends on Tuesday night (Jan 22nd) at 22:00. All that is left to do now is to wait.
There are now 32 parties in the running. Two parties- “Netzach” and “Atid Echad” (One future) are no longer running.
Meanwhile, here is some amusement.
Chuck Norris voiced his support for Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu last week.
It is quite hard to have missed the “Chuck Norris” genre of jokes. If you have, I will just explain that these jokes entail making funny comments demonstrating Chuck Norris’ prowess and unbeatable strength. Some examples-
“At night, monsters have Chuck Norris under their beds”.
Or when running a Google search for Chuck Norris you may come up with the result-
During the election campaign, Naftali Bennet’s fans have created a Facebook page with similar facts about Bennet. Most of them are quite amusing. Many of them would not make sense to non-Israelis, because they include references to Jewish religious customs or local culture. I bring you some of the jokes that everyone can get. Be warned, they will make you laugh.
-“Naftali Bennet and Chuck Norris made a bet to see who is stronger. They decided that the loser would never shave again”.
-“A spider bites Naftali Bennet. The spider turns into a superhero”.
-“Bennet meets a goldfish. He grants the fish three wishes”.
-“Naftali Bennet has an UNLIKE button on his Facebook”.
-“Naftali Bennet’s spam mail has emails from Barack Obama in it”.
-“Naftali Bennet uploads a song on youtube. He overtakes ‘Gangham Style’”.
-“Bennet drops his i-phone. The floor cracks”.
And finally, it is quite obvious that Chuck Norris decided to support Netanyahu, because he felt threatened by Naftali Bennet.
I hope that gave you a laugh.
Updates will follow on Tuesday-Wednesday (Jan 22-23).
Read previous updates on the Israeli elections:
Friendly Fire (Jan 4th, 2013) – About Likud’s negative campaign against Bennet’s Jewish Home party, and how it backfired.
The Day After the Elections (Dec 31st) – About the procedure of forming a coalition after the elections.
The Labor Party and the Center (Dec 4th)
Rollercoaster Politics (Nov 28th, 2012)
This Sunday (11.11)- Primaries in Meretz (Nov 9th)
Speculation (Nov 2nd)
What’s new on the Israeli election front? (Oct 21st)
Israeli General Election this January (Oct 10th)
Also, this might help figure out the different Israeli parties:
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