Whoa, baby, this was such a surprise! OK, maybe not totally, but hey, for once exit polls were super correct!
So. Bibi seems to have won. Likud got 31 seats, which is a wonderful 11 seat loss from the18th Knesset. Netanyahu is already wooing newcomer Yesh Atid, who got 19 seats, to form a coalition. Kadima barely made it to the Knesset, and Meretz has 6 mandates. All in all the right and the left+Arab parties tie at 60 seats each. Whoever will end up forming a coalition will have a difficult time pushing through laws without the other side.
On the funny side, since there was no school yesterday–schools double as polling stations–but there was 26°C (79°F), after going voting wearing a T-shirt and shorts, Kevin, who actually has a cold, took the kids to the zoo. They had a great time.
And let me just include a very handsome voter, whose photo I stole from his FB group. The very awesome Harel Skaat, who has always encouraged people to think, and be active… and who is rewarded with a 66% voter turn out yesterday!