The results of unofficial samples, announced by Israeli television channels, on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, showed that the Likud party, led by Benjamin Netanyahu, had advanced in the results of the Knesset elections, but without obtaining a majority that would enable it to form a government.
Channel 13 said that Likud won 31 seats, ahead of the rest of the parties, but it lacked the required majority. It added that Netanyahu’s camp (Likud and right-wing parties allied with it) won 54 seats (out of 120), while the opposition camp won 59 seats, while the Yemina party won 7 seats.
53 seats in Parliament
As for Channel 12, it said that Netanyahu’s camp won 53 seats, while the opposition camp won 59, while the Yemina party won 8 seats.
Channel 11 said that Netanyahu’s camp won 54 seats, while the opposition camp won 59 seats, while the “Yamina” party won 7 seats.
On the other hand, the Joint List, headed by Ayman Odeh, won 8 seats according to Channels 13 and 11, while it won 9 seats according to Channel 12.
As for the United Arab List headed by Mansour Abbas, it was unable to exceed the discount rate, according to all stations.
This represents a clear setback for the Arab representatives, who represented 15 in the previous Knesset.
Likud party seats
According to the Israeli Channel 12, the distribution of party seats was as follows: “Likud has 31 seats, there is a future (opposition) 18, Joint List 9, Shas 9, right 8, Blue and White 7, Action 7, Religious Zionism 7, United Torah Judaism. 6, A New Hope 6, Yisrael Beiteinu 6, Meretz 6.
According to Channel 13, the distribution of the party seats was as follows: “Likud has 33 seats, there is Future 16, Joint List 8, Shas 8, Right 7, Blue and White 8, Action 7, Religious Zionism 6, United Torah Judaism 7, New Hope 5 , Israel Our Home 8, Meretz 7.
According to Channel 11, the results were as follows: Likud has 31 seats, Future 18, Joint List 8, Shas 9, Right 7, Blue and White 7, Action 7, Religious Zionism 7, United Torah Judaism 7, New Hope 6, Yisrael Beiteinu 7, Meretz 6 “.
Despite the progress of the anti-Netanyahu camp, it is a “heterogeneous” political bloc, as it includes right-wing, center, left-wing and Arab parties.
There is no agreement between these parties on who will lead the new government, if it is formed.
Based on the results, the “kingmaker” would be the leader of the “right” party, former Defense Minister Naftali Bennett who pledged not to join a government headed by opposition leader Yair Lapid.
Netanyahu had promised to give Bennett an important ministerial portfolio, whether foreign or defense, if he joined his government.
Alliance with small parties
In order to form a government, Netanyahu must ally with the small parties that control a few seats, and he may form a new, more right-wing alliance with the party of “Religious Zionism.”
If this party exceeds the 3.25% threshold, according to opinion polls, it will reach the Knesset, Itamar Ben Ghafir, who welcomed the killing of 29 Palestinian worshipers in Hebron in 1994 by the militant Baruch Goldstein, a move rejected by prominent members of parliament.
The Oslo Accords, which were signed between the Israeli and Palestinian sides in 1993, and later the second Palestinian intifada, led to the tendency of Israeli voters to drift towards the right.
These early elections after the collapse of a coalition government that Netanyahu had formed with his rival, Benny Gantz, in the wake of previous elections, whose results were not conclusive.
The coalition agreement, which was supposed to extend for three years, stipulated that the two men would share power, at a rate of 18 months each.