The three Israeli television channels published their preliminary results of the elections at 22:00 tonight (Jan 22nd, 45 minutes ago). The results are surprising. However, I must stress that these are in no way the final results. The preliminary polls are quite often off and the final results may be different from what the TV stations have published. The votes will be counted by hand throughout the night and we should have the *almost* final results some time tomorrow. The final results will be in on Thursday (Jan 24th).
Likud+ Yisrael Beiteinu (Netanyahu + Lieberman)- According to all three channels received 31 seats.
Yesh Atid (Yair Lapid)- the big surprise of the elections. Channel 10 gives them 18 seats (polls predicted no more than 12) and channel 1 and 2 give them 19.
Labor (Yachimovitch)- According to all three channels received 17 seats.
Jewish Home (Bennet)- According to all three channels received 12 seats.
Shas (Sephardic Ultra-Orthodox)- Channel 1: 11 seats, Channel 2: 12 seats, Channel 10: 13 seats.
The Movement (Tzipi Livni)- Channel 10: 6 seats, Channels 1 & 2: 7 seats.
Meretz (Far Left)- Channel 10: 6 seats, Channels 1 & 2: 7 seats.
Yahadut Hatorah (Ashkenazi Ultra Orthodox)- According to all three channels received 6 seats.
Hadash (Communist Arab party)- Channel 1: 3 seats, Channel 2: 4 seats, Channel 10: 5 seats.
Raam-Taal (Arab party)- Channels 1 & 2: 3 seats, Channel 10: 4 seats.
Balad (nationalist Arab party)- According to all three channels received 2 seats*.
Kadima- According to all three channels received 0 seats.
Strong Israel (Far Right party)- Channels 2 & 10: 0 seats, Channel 1: 2 seats*.
* 2 seats is not enough to pass the 2% threshold, which is equal to 2.4 seats. It is unclear whether the parties which received 2 seats are actually past the threshold.
Following this post will be another post with a short analysis of the preliminary results.
Update (Wednesday, Jan 23rd, 11 AM): after counting 99.8% of the votes, the results are as follows:
Likud -Beiteinu- 31, Lapid- 19, Labor- 15, Jewish Home- 11, Shas- 11, Yahadut Hatorah- 7, Tzipi Livni- 6, Meretz- 6, Raam-Taal- 5, Hadash- 4, Balad- 3, Kadima- 2. Strong Israel are just under the 2% threshold.
The final results, which include the IDF votes will be in tomorrow and may bring some minor changes.
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