JERUSALEM (JTA) – Likud and the haredi Orthodox parties dominated in Jerusalem, while the Zionist Union took the most votes in Tel Aviv in Israel’s national elections.
Nationally, the right wing Likud Party garnered 23.3 per cent of the vote and the centre-left Zionist Union coalition garnered 18.7 per cent of the vote, followed by the United Arab List with nearly 11 per cent of the vote, according to Israel’s Central Elections Committee.
In Jerusalem, Likud finished with 24 per cent of the vote and United Torah Judaism won 21 per cent. The Sephardic Orthodox Shas party was next with 11 per cent, followed by the Zionist Union at 10 per cent and Naftali Bennett’s Jewish Home party at 8 per cent. The Yachad party, led by former Shas lawmaker Eli Yishai, garnered 7 per cent of the vote in the city but failed to meet the minimum number of votes nationally required to enter the Knesset. The Joint Arab List picked up 1.2 per cent of the vote in Jerusalem.
In Tel Aviv, the Zionist Union won 34 per cent of the vote and Likud had 18 per cent. Next were the left wing Meretz with 13 per cent and the centrist Yesh Atid with 11 per cent. Both Jewish Home and the Joint Arab List had 3 per cent of the city’s vote.
In Sderot, the southern Israeli city that has borne the brunt of rocket attacks from Gaza, 42 per cent of ballots went to Likud, 11 per cent to Jewish Home, 8 per cent to Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu party and 7.5 per cent to the Zionist Union.