Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition lost seats but still won the right to form a government in Israel. (If you’re not sure what that means, check out Messiah Mandate’s election primer.)
Morning is dawning in Israel (at this writing, 10:30 p.m. MT), so the final tallies as well as analysis will start posting soon. I recommend the Times of Israel, the Jerusalem Post and Haaretz to get a feel from Israel.
I am very busy with a big photo shoot this week, so no Israel election analysis from me just yet. For now, here’s a headline roundup.
Left and Right blocs face off as majority of votes counted — With 99% of votes tallied, Right and Left blocs tie with 60 seats each; voter turnout 66.6%; Likud-Beytenu receive 31 seats, Labor 19, Bayit Yehudi and Shas 11, Livni and Meretz 6 each, UAL-Taal 5, Hadash 4, Kadima 2. (Jerusalem Post)
- Netanyahu turns to Iran after narrow election win (Reuters)
- Who is Yair Lapid? And how did he suddenly become the 2nd most powerful man in Israel? (Joel C. Rosenberg)
- PM’s faction slides, biggest party crashes, and yet Israel’s shift isn’t so vast (Times of Israel)