So much for the pundits and polls showing a close race in Israel elections much to the dismay of Barack Obama, the liberal MSM and Iran …
With nearly all of the ballots counted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Likud party have scored a decisive and overwhelming victory over its main left-wing rival, Isaac Herzog and the Zionist Union, in Israeli parliamentary elections. The Likud party was only expected to secure 20 to 22 seats in the Knesset Tuesday night; however, when the dust settled and the votes were counted, it appears Likud won 30 seats. This is a huge victory for Benjamin Netanyahu and as much as the libs don’t want to admit it, a total and complete rejection of Herzog and the Zionist Union. Netanyahu released the following statement, “Against all odds, a great victory for the Likud, for the nationalist camp led by the Likud, and for the people of Israel.”
So much for pre-election and exit polls.
When it comes to elections, Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu is the political equivalent of a scrambling quarterback. During the three-month election campaign that ended Tuesday night, the prime minister fell 20 yards behind the line of scrimmage before evading a savage blitz, escaped a catastrophic sack, then, at the last moment, turned upfield, crossed the line of scrimmage and galloped ahead for a huge gain.
Although Netanyahu’s Likud Party only won about half the number of seats needed to secure a majority in Israel’s parliament, it did so much better than anyone expected (including Bibi) that he seems to have triumphed in the goal he had set for himself last December when he broke up the government he had formed in 2013 and called new elections.
He did that because he wanted to strengthen his own hand and rid himself of two hostile coalition partners at the same time. This was a risky strategy, and it looked for quite a while like a disastrous one.
Throughout the final weeks, polling suggested Likud had fallen behind the center-left opposition, the Zionist Union.
Oh to be a fly on the wall in the White House yesterday to see Barack Obama’s reaction when Benjamin Netanyahu not only won a close race, but it turned out to be a landslide instead. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Likud Party’s victory is a smashing defeat for Obama, Iran and all that wanted to see America transformed. Even with Obama’s State Department meddling in an election of a US ally, Obama’s fails. In the end Israel voters selected national security and their right to survive as a people.
In the capital, Likud won 24.16% of the vote, United Torah Judaism got 12.05% and the Zionist Union just 8.39%. In Tel Aviv, however, Zionist Union won 34.25%, followed by Likud with 18.26% and Meretz with 12.95%. In Haifa, the Zionist Union led the way with 25.28% of the vote, then Likud with 20.74% and Yesh Atid with 11.25%.
In the south, the ongoing threats of mass dismissals were no barrier to a great success by Netanyahu and the Likud. In Be’er Sheva, Likud won 37.69% of the vote while the Zionist Union pulled in just 12.24%. Sderot saw another great victory for the Likud, with 42.85% of the vote, compared to just 11.84% for the Zionist Union.
There was a similar story in Dimona, where the Likud won 41.06% of the vote, with Shas coming second with 12.36%. In Ashdod, the Likud got 31.34% and in Ashkelon 40%. In Eilat, Likud scored 35.21%, compared to 17% for the Zionist Union, and in Arad, 22.48% voted for Likud and just 15.22% for Zionist Union.