Biggest Winners in Israel
By Micah Halpern
Thursday April 11, 2019
I've Been Thinking:
The big winners in the Israeli elections were the religious parties.
The United Torah party increased their seats to 7. In addition, Shas the religious party, known as the party of the sefardim, of the Israelis who have roots in Arab North Africa also gained seats and now they have 8 in the upcoming Knesset.
Also the Right Wing Union party also received 5 seats.
The biggest losers are Labor with 6 and Meretz with 4. The second big loser was the Arabs. The Arab voter turnout was low. There are 2 Arab parties and both together they yielded 10 votes.
If you were to read Haaretz you would think that it is the end of democracy.
But hands down the biggest loser was the New Right Party. After the final counting of the ballots the New Right has failed to reach the threshold and make it in to the Knesset. They broke away from their party counting on right of center votes and they failed.
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