Israel’s Elections: The Final Count is In, But….

With 100% of votes tallied for the 24th Knesset election, the official results are in. To form a government, a coalition must have a total of at least 61 seats. Here is the breakdown by party:

Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud – 30
Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid – 17
Shas – 9
Benny Gantz’s Blue and White – 8
Yisrael Beiteinu – 7
Yemina – 7
Labor – 7
United Torah Judaism – 7
Gideon Saar’s Tikvah Hadashah – 6
Zionist Judaism – 6
Meretz – 6
The Joint List – 6
Raam – 4

Though Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scored his largest electoral victory, he shows no clear path to forming a government majority. At the time of this writing, it appears that Israel may be headed this summer for an unprecedented 5th election in 2 years. In addition to the burden the Coronavirus has thrust upon Israelis, this ongoing political challenge leaves the country’s ability to move forward hanging in the balance. It’s also another delay in progress toward applying Sovereignty throughout Judea and Samaria.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Israeli people as they continue to work toward overcoming this tremendous political deadlock.

With All Votes Counted, Final Election Results Are In, by Chana Oz. Tazpit News Agency, March 25, 2021


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