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Israeli Elections – The Change Over Before the Revolution?

The elections to the 19th Knesset present a turning point in the voter’s perception of the goals and priorities of their life in Israel: an overview of the election results in Israel and a special focus on the results in Karmiel-Misgav.

Yesh Atid, Yair Lapid's party brought a new terminology to the political scene, in these elections, there was less discourse about the traditional left and right conception. The elections were more about lowering the cost of living, the 2011 Israeli social justice protests (that were similar to the occupy Wall Street demonstrations) were very much presented and according to the experts did make the change.
It will still take a few weeks until we will know exactly how the new Israeli government will look like. At this point, days after the elections, we know for sure that the Israelis were more involved in the voting process. The state's vote is 67.8% (compare to 64.7% in the last elections of 2009), in Misgav the percentage was even higher - 71.2% (78% in the Jewish sector and 51% in the Bedouin sector) compare to 69.3% in the 2009 elections.
Ron Shani, Migav Mayor said: "there is no doubt that the elections show a strong desire for change, half of the elected MP will be new parliamentarians. I hope and wish that the new government will be attentive and will lead us safely toward a better future". Ron Shani concluded by saying that he hopes that the new government will keep promoting and investing in the periphery in general and in the settlements in the Galilee in particular.
Another thing  the Israeli voters  said out load is that they had enough from "old politics" (an expression that was invented by Lapid), 14.32% from the voters gave Yesh Atid  a chance which will give them 19 seats in the Knesset and makes him the most important component in the coalition. In Karmiel and Misgav Yesh Atid gained even more than it did in the rest of the country 17% in Karmiel, and 18% in Misgav (21% in the Jewish sector).
The new strategic united parties HaLikud Beitenu‎ got only 31 seats( 24.5% of the votes)  compare to the 42 seats they had together in the 18th Knesset (Likud 27 and Yisrael Beitenu 15). Although it was much less then Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu was hoping for it was still enough to enable him to declare that he will be the one to put together the new government. There aren't any serious objections, as Lapid said right after the results that he would not try to form a center-left coalition as an alternative to Prime Minister Netanyahu, in the following weeks the coalition negotiations will be on the focus.
In Karmiel, HaLikud Beitenu gained 38.64% from the votes and the Misgav voters, who are traditionally more center-left, gave only 10%, it is interesting that in the Beduin sector the percentage were higher and reached 14%.
Ha'avoda headed by Shelly Yachimovich is one of these elections surprises; in every survey the analysts placed Ha’avoda was the second largest party, but in the end there were only 11.4% of the Israeli population that voted Ha'avoda (15 seats in the Knesset). In our region Ha'avoda received in Karmiel 13% (Adi Eldar the mayor returned to the Ha'avoda after being in the Kadima party) . Ha'avoda had a huge success within the Misgav voters 25% in general (30% from the Jewish sector and 17.9% in the Bedouin sector).
In the upcoming weeks we will know, who will be the members in the next government?, what will be the new government guidelines?, will it be Yesh Atid's agenda to solve the problem of the inequality in the burden of service to the state "equal service for all" ? Will the ultra-orthodox parties stay out of the coalition? Will Lapid be the Minister of Finance? Or will he be attempting to become the Minister of Foreign Affairs?
All the possible coalitions are still on the table, taking into consideration Yesh Atid as a fact, a coalition with Benet (Bait Yehudi) without Shas and UT, will enable changes in the economic priorities in favor of the middle class, productive public and the taxpayers.
Another option, again with Yesh Atid, is a government that will start a peace process, for this kind of coalition Shas is a possibility as well as Hatnua (Livni's party) and the two seats of Kadima, this coalition would be more acceptable by the international community in general and Obama’s administration in particular.
There are still a lot of uncertainties to be made clear in the following days.
Adi Eldar, Mayor of Karmiel describes the results of the elections: "The political situation in Israel is very complicated, in fact there is no one that can claim for a clear victory in the elections. It will be very hard to combine a government and the government will not survive for long, I assume that we will have another round of elections soon."

Written by Shoshi Nelson Norman (Shoshi can be reached at: artwdialogue@gmail.com)

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