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Israelske velgerne gjorde skam på spådommer om at israelsk politikk beveger seg mot høyre. I stedet forflyttet tyngdepunktet seg mot sentrum og Bibi Netanyahus posisjon ble svekket.

Den store overraskelsen var den tidligere tv-programlederen Yair Lapid som kom inn som nummer to med sitt nye parti. Arbeiderpartiet ble nummer tre.

Netanyahu blir sittende, han er svekket og vil måtte søke å danne enten en religiøs/nasjonal regjering eller en sentrumsorientert.

As polls closed at 10 p.m., Israeli news channels reported that Mr. Netanyahu’s rightist Likud-Beiteinu list would win 30 or 31 of Parliament’s 120 seats, and the new centrist party, There is a Future, would take 18, followed by left-leaning Labor, with 17. More important, the polls showed a significant tightening between the bloc of right-wing and religious parties, with a razor-thin majority of 61, and 59 for the center-left factions.

“Israelis are asking for a moderate coalition,” said Marcus Sheff, executive director of The Israel Project, an advocacy group. “Israel’s middle class wasn’t asleep as people assumed. The embers of the social protest are still strong.”

The exit polls, which are preliminary, suggested that Mr. Netanyahu’s challengers had a far stronger showing than the prime minister and his aides had anticipated

Det dette forteller er at de sosiale spørsmål spilte en større rolle ved dette valget, enn sikkerhet og fredsforhandlinger.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/23/world/middleeast/israel-votes-in-election-likely-to-retain-netanyahu.html?pagewanted=2&_r=0