Fun fact: Bibi went to the polls because he found, after Liberman bolted, his 61 (one seat) majority unworkable. He now has a coalition possibility of probably 58 seats. For the third time in a row less than 61. Some victory.
- The anti-Zionist United Arab Bloc votes (15 seats!) don’t count as they won’t sit in any Zionist government, left-wing or right-wing, anyway.
Fun fact: The votes for them would not have gone to Zionist parties but the more votes they got, the smaller the distance between the left-wing and the right-wing bloc became (I did the math). In other words, had there been fewer votes for the Arab Bloc, Bibi would have had a majority — not because he would have gotten some of those votes but because each seat would’ve cost fewer votes. The larger Arab vote cost Bibi his majority. That did not stop the professional victim the PA to declare this a Zionist victory.
- The extreme-right party did not get to the threshold and because of that, Netanyahu lost its 20,000 votes.
Fun fact: These voters would have stayed home and not voted for anyone else. So their participation has cost no one nothing. BTW: About the rage in Europe and the US about this ‘racist’ party. 20,000 votes to 4,251,835. I’d like to see the same fraction of antisemites (0.470%) in their countries.
- Before the elections, Liberman pledged: “There won’t be a next round.”
Fun fact: I don’t know how he could promise that but generally, Liberman does what he says. This one will be a tough one, though.
- Confused by all these party numbers, names and identities?
Fun facts: These are the blocs:
Right-wing-Orthodox: 58 seats “Bibi” – will go to trial soon; no successor
Right-secular 7 seats “Liberman” – kingmaker still playing hard to get
Anti-Zionist 15 seats “Arabs” – might condone secular combi = anti-Bibi
Center-left-secular 40 seats “Gantz” – may crumble, releasing defectors
Total number of Knesset seats: 120 seats, majority 61 seats.
In most blocs, there are exceptions to the majorities: non-right-wing centrists and non-Orthodox traditionalists and secularists with Bibi, Ashkenazic Jews with Muslim Arabs, right-wing secularists with Gantz, etc. But there are heavy sanctions on Members of Knesset deflecting.