Pre-election Analysis

Israeli elections focused on internal issues

Israeli elections will be held on Tuesday January 22nd. Bearing in mind Benjamin Netanyahu is likely to be re-elected prime minister, all attention is focused on the possible changes to the composition of the parliament and therefore on the new partners in government.
In this process the main news is that Kadima will probably not be able to make it into parliament, despite having been the political party with the most votes in the last two elections. And it won’t be the same as in 2009, when Likud instantly recovered all the parliamentary seats it had lost during Ariel Sharon’s political adventure three years before. This time, the Labour Party will get back some of the voters who opted for Kadima in 2009 –polls predict about 18 seats-, while many others have settled in the political centre and will vote for Hatnua and Yesh Atid.