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Dramatic surprise in Israeli elections

January 22nd, 2013
04:33 PM ET

By Samuel Burke & Mick Krever, CNN

Exit polls in Tuesday’s Israeli election have delivered a dramatic surprise.

The second-place finisher, behind Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party, was Yesh Atid, or “There is a Future,” the center-left party whose founder campaigned for eliminating the exemption for ultra-religious Jews to avoid military service.

As expected, Netanyahu’s Likud won first place, with 31 seats out of 120 in the Knesset. It was a comfortable plurality, but far below the commanding result that would have given him broad leeway to form a coalition –  negotiations to build that coalition will presumably begin immediately.

Yesh Atid is projected to win 19 seats, and Labor is projected to come in third with 17.

The far-right party, Habayit Hayehudit, or “The Jewish Home,” is projected to take fourth. Its fourth-place finish, though somewhat weaker than had been expected, represents a shift toward the far right in Israel.

David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker magazine, discussed the exit polls with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour and what they could mean for the future of Israeli politics – which you can watch in the video above.

In a recent New Yorker article, Remnick examined the seeming shift to the right in Israeli politics and the rise of parties clearly opposed to a state for the Palestinians.

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  1. omotoyinboabiod

    That is good i know that there many country that is doing good i pray that god will countinues to doing good in our life

    January 22, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Reply
  2. David Cambrin

    Christine is magnificent – she is a treasure. David Remnick is pretty great as well. Thanks for that -the intelligence, humanity and openness is soul-food in a complicated world.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  3. giovanni

    I love the Cristhiane´s style of doing journalism. I wish that make interviews with latino leaders.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Reply
  4. HamSha

    Increased far-right tendencies including Netanjahus re-election - which is the re-election of a worldwide critizised leader who was stopped going into a bloody war by his own security and military commanders in 2010 - are not only provocative to the Palestinians and their friends, but also a threath to freedom and stability in the whole region including Israel herself.

    January 22, 2013 at 6:47 pm | Reply
  5. International citizen

    The shift to the far right in Israeli politics will lead to a reaction of the world to Israel's recent oppression – stop the aid and hold this country responsible for its recent atrocities.

    January 22, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Reply
  6. puddintame1

    Isreal had better check the right wing extremist in their country. You never want them to get a foothold or they will be going to war at the drop of a feather.
    They have brought the USA government to a stand still because of their extremists ideals.
    They got a foothold under Bush2 and spread war over 2 countries. Better nip it in the bud.

    January 22, 2013 at 8:02 pm | Reply

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