As counting of votes continues in the elections for the 20th Knesset, the Likud party may be headed for an even bigger victory than exit polls originally predicted.
As of 5:25 a.m. (Israel time), with more than 99.5% of the ballots having been counted, Likud led the pack with 29 seats. The “Zionist Union” of Labor and Hatnua has 24 seats.
The Joint Arab List has 14 seats, followed by Yesh Atid with 11 seats and Moshe Kahlon’s Kulanu with ten.
The Jewish Home has eight seats, the haredi parties Shas and United Torah Judaism each have seven seats, Yisrael Beytenu has six and Meretz closes out the list with four seats.
Despite earlier indications that it may have passed the threshold, it appears as though Eli Yishai’s Yachad party will be left out of the Knesset.
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By 7:00, near-final results indicated that Likud had reached 30 MKs.