March 18, 2015

"Against all odds," Netanyahu claims victory in Israel's election

Rebel Staff

In defiance of pre-election polls predicting a Likud loss, Benjamin Netanyahu swept to victory in Israel's March 17 election.

As of this morning, with 99% of the votes counted, Netanyahu was reelected as Prime Minister, and his party won 29 seats in the Knesset.

The result is being called "a decisive victory over [Likud's] main left-wing rival," the Zionist Union (a coalition between the Labor and Hatnua parties.)

In an address to supporters at election headquarters, Netanyahu acknowledged that his party had triumphed "against all odds" and "against major forces" -- a possible reference to reports that foreign groups were attempting to interfere with the election.

He added, "I’m proud of the people of Israel that in the moment of truth knew how to distinguish between the important and the trivial."

According to, "Netanyahu’s first stop after securing the majority of Knesset seats according to the official vote count was to the Western Wall in Jerusalem."

Under Israeli election rules, Netanyahu needs 61 members of parliament from the country's many smaller parties to agree to support him as prime minister.

"Based on the overall results, Netanyahu appears able to handily succeed in the task," writes Sharona Schwartz at TheBlaze, who adds:

"Another surprise of the elections was the showing of the Joint List, a merger of smaller parties representing mostly Israel’s Arab sector. With 14 seats in the Knesset, the party representing communists, Islamists and Palestinian nationalists was set to be the third largest party in the 120-seat Knesset, a first for Israel’s Arab minority."

PS: One of Netanyahu's "sit-com style" campaign commercials went viral around the world. Here it is case you missed it:


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commented 2015-03-18 18:57:09 -0400
Another Nobel Prize! This time in election advertising.
commented 2015-03-18 15:34:56 -0400
Obama sent his Chicago gang of thugs over to Israel to tip the election , basically overthrow Netanyahu. It didn’t work, thank God. The Democrat operatives are here and money is already being used in Canada to defeat Harper. Lets hope Canadians are made fully aware of the Liberals alignment with the American letists and we reject them totally.
commented 2015-03-18 15:02:48 -0400
Netanyahu wins. Obama loser.
commented 2015-03-18 14:26:28 -0400
Brilliant: it is refreshing to see a modern day Churchill triumph over the Neville Chamberlains of out world Stephen Harper on an international stage towers over the leaders of the U.S. Germany and France and ranks up there with Bibi. Israel nor Canada will be taking Hezbollah nor Iran off the terrorist list any time soon. I have great concerns over Canadas security should the young Trudeau lad ever take power. He appears to be intellectually Ill equipped for such a challenge.
commented 2015-03-18 14:14:55 -0400
Good ad. Wouldn’t work in Ontario, though.
Parents here prefer the likes of Wynne and Levin.
commented 2015-03-18 13:57:55 -0400
Bibi had many people around the world praying for him. Israel needs a particularly strong leader at this time in history, to stand firm against the deadly threat from radical Islamists, apathetic “allies” like the Obama administration, and the asinine posturing of the UN security council. I fear the troubles for Israel are going to ramp up beyond anything they’ve encountered so far. Bibi has his work cut out for him.
commented 2015-03-18 13:31:16 -0400
Mazel Tov to Israel – good choice.
commented 2015-03-18 13:17:47 -0400
Right, George, Obama is a liability. Let’s hope it works in Harper’s favour too.

And the party needs to hire whoever created that viral campaign commercial. Such a perfect combo of light-hearted and deadly-serious.

Such a relief that Israelis made the right choice and left Bibi in charge.
commented 2015-03-18 12:54:22 -0400
When U.S. Democrats were last seeking election or re-election, the last thing in the world that many of them wanted was to be seen with Obama.

They would implore him to stay away from them. They treated him like some sort of toxic asset. For once, Democrats may have got something right. It would seem that Obama snubbing Netanyahu has worked out well for Benjamin.

Well done everyone.
commented 2015-03-18 12:36:12 -0400
Obama and the New York Times are grief stricken. The free world rejoices.
commented 2015-03-18 12:07:34 -0400
Great news! Even though for some, he was unpopular, I feel he will continue to provide the strong leadership needed to defend the Jewish state against political oppression that currently is being shown by neighboring countries.