Still some time to go before results are final in Israel, but we are far enough in that it is unlikely there will be any increase in the right wing bloc’s seat count.
Likud and the right wing bloc will have 59 seats, 2 seats short of a majority. Thus Netanyahu will again have to come crawling to Avigdor Lieberman and beg for support.
The Joint List stormed to a record 15 seats. And it may be the very large Arab turnout, plus support from Jewish Israeli’s for one of the parties of the Joint List, that may have made it impossible for Netanyahu to gain an outright majority in the Knesset.
As long as the Joint List remains strong, it will be extremely difficult for the right wing bloc to make it to 61 seats.
Can Netanyahu position his better position into an actual government???
Electoral victory in Israel is only a victory if somebody can actually form a government, something they have failed to do two times in a row.
Should be an interesting next several weeks.