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How Israel’s Cities Voted: Likud In Jerusalem, Zionist Union In Tel Aviv


Jerusalem — The Likud and haredi Orthodox parties dominated in Jerusalem, while the Zionist Union took the most votes in Tel Aviv in Israel’s national elections.

Obama Administration ‘Deeply Concerned’ About Netanyahu Arab Comments


The Obama administration is “deeply concerned” about Likud Party rhetoric marginalizing Arab Israelis during the recent elections.

Erekat: Israel’s Election Results Mean Palestinians Will Press At ICC


The Palestinians’ chief negotiator said in the aftermath of Israeli election results that the Palestinians will advance their efforts at the International Criminal Court.

Bibi’s ‘Scare Tactics Worked’

Council on Foreign Relations experts read the post-election tealeaves.

Staff Writer

In what is being called a “decisive victory,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud Party appear to have won re-election with 30 seats in the 120-member 20th Knesset, with opposition leader Isaac Herzog of the Zionist Union winning just 24.

Vote Casts Doubt On Unity Government

Likud-Zionist Union pact could ease tensions with U.S., but such a coalition is unclear.

Staff Writer

S hould Israel’s two major parties decide to form a unity government following Tuesday’s election that saw neither party deliver a knockout blow, it could help heel tensions with the Obama administration and members of Congress, according to political observers.

Winning wave? Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after Tuesday’s election. Getty Images

Bibi, The Comeback Kid

At Likud headquarters, anxiety, then jubilation.

Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — “Giddy up, Bibi, Bibi, Bibi, King of Israel!”

Ecstatic Likud activists gathered at the party’s election headquarters broke out in chants and hugs when the numbers of the exit polls flashed on the screen showing that they had miraculously pulled even with the center-left Zionist Union in the final days of the campaign despite polls that unanimously pointed to defeat. [Later in the evening, the results showed Likud pulling ahead to a decisive victory over the center-left Zionist Union.]

The scene at Likud headquarters Tuesday night.  Joshua Mitnick/JW

Exit Polls: Zionist Union, Likud Neck And Neck At Top


Tel Aviv — Exit polls in Israel showed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party neck and neck at the top with the center-left Zionist Union led by Isaac Herzog.

On Election Day, Arab Vote In The Spotlight

'Arab voters are going to the polling stations in droves,' Bibi warns.

Staff Writer

With a close race predicted in Israel’s national elections today, and incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing defeat, the vote of Israeli Arabs is expected to play a crucial role in the final result.

Israelis line up to cast their vote in Ramle. Getty Images

Chuck Norris Endorses Bibi

The martial artist and actor, a devout Christian and political conservative, says Bibi is the strong leader Israel needs.

On Election’s Eve, Netanyahu Says No Palestinian State As Long As He’s Israel’s PM


HAR HOMA, West Bank (Reuters) Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a final bid to shore up right-wing support ahead of a knife-edge vote today, said he would not permit a Palestinian state to be created under his watch if he is re-elected.

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