Election News and Reactions

The Election Committee has declared the victory of Binyamin Netanyahu. At a 5:00pm press conference, the announcement was made following the completion of the tabulation of all of the remaining votes. Tamar Edri, Head of the Elections Committee made the official proclamation.

PRIME MINISTER:
Binyamin Netanyahu 1,501,023 (50.4%)
Shimon Peres 1,471,566 (49.5%)

KNESSET:
Potential Nationalist / Religious / Pro-Security Coalition = 68

Labor 34 seats (26.8%)
Likud 32 seats (25.1%)
Shas 10 seats (8.5%)
National Religious Party 9 seats (7.8%)
Meretz 9 seats (7.4%)
Yisrael Ba'aliya 7 seats (5.7%)
Hadash 5 seats (4.2%)
United Torah Judaism 4 seats (3.2%)
The Third Way 4 seats (3.1%)
United Arab List 4 seats (2.9%)
Moledet 2 seats (2.3%)

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JUDEA ELECTRONIC MAGAZINE 13 Sivan 5756/31 May 1996
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WE CALL IT A MIRACLE

A great weight has been lifted from our hearts and the sun is shining throughout the Land of Israel. The Jewish people have chosen a new government. Now we have to start repairing the damage. To all our readers - Shabbat Shalom and Hag Sameach!
../..../..../..../..../... Mark and Yael Ami-El, Tekoa, Israel

THE JEWISH VOTE

BIBI NETANYAHU (Est) 60%
SHIMON PERES (Est) 40%

THE CHRISTIAN VOTE
The results of a poll conducted by the Mechric Institute, an affiliate of the Middle East Christian Committee, Sunday, May 26, put together a Christian vote for the first time since 1948 and this is accepted as due to the story about the IDF withdrawal from South Lebanon. Bibi scored an overwhelming victory in four communities, a slight victory with the Armenians and won 26% among the Arab orthodox, traditionally pro-PLO.

The highest scores for Netanyahu were obtained among the Marronites (87%), the Assyrians (85%) and the Copts (85%), three groups who are suffering from Islamic Oppression in their countries of origin. Vote (estimated turnout of voters):

Marronites, estimated 5,000-6500
87% Bibi
10% Peres
3% Undecided

Catholics (Roman, Melkites), estimated 20,000-25,000
56% Bibi
30% Peres
14% Undecided

Assyrians, Syrians, estimated 1,500
85% Bibi
10% Peres
5% Undecided

Copts, estimated 300-600
75% Bibi
9% Peres
16% Undecided

Armenians, estimated 1,000-1,500
54% Bibi
42% Peres
4% Undecided

Orthodox, estimated 35,000
26% Bibi
39% Peres
35% Undecided

Evangelicals, estimated 1,000
70% Bibi
28% Peres
2% Undecided

Total votes picked up, approximately 30,000 (International Christian Embassy../..5/30).

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NEWS AND OBSERVATIONS FROM ISRAEL
Aaron Lerner 2 June, 1996
Reactions to the Netanyahu victory:

"I feel like packing up my suitcases and leaving the country."
- Mrs. Leah Rabin
[Editor's note: Good riddance.]

"The Jewish people decided that Netanyahu is good for the Jews."
- MK Tzachi HaNegbi (Likud)

"Whether we win or lose, we will not agree to a national unity government."
- Labor Party Secretary Nissim Zvilli

"A great thank you to all of the Arab voters!"
- Minister Uzi Baram, when he thought that Peres had won.

*** VOICE OF PALESTINE INTERVIEWED ACTIVISTS CALLING FOR VOTES
The radio station of the Palestinian Authority, "Voice of Palestine", broadcast interviews with Israeli Arab commentators and politicians during election day calling on the Israeli Arabs to vote for Shimon Peres and the Arab parties.
("Haaretz" 30 May, 1996)

*** LABOR PARTY SPREAD RUMORS TO ENCOURAGE ARAB VOTES
The Labor Party spread false rumors in the Arab sector that the Israeli nationalist parties sent scantily dressed women to the polls to prevent traditional Arabs from voting. They hoped the rumors would encourage the voters to come out.
("Haaretz" 30 May, 1996)

*** SEATS LOST BY NRP/MOLEDET DUE SMALL PARTIES
The NRP had 240,224 votes [Meretz had 226,257], 7,516 votes shy of a tenth seat. The religious party, "Telem Emunah", failed to pass the 1.5% minimum, thereby wasting 12,374 votes. Moledet was shy 2,340 votes to get a third seat. The extreme nationalist party, "Yemin Yisrael", wasted 2,844 votes.
("Haaretz' 2 June, 1996)

*** MERETZ TRICKED WORKERS TO RETURN CHECKS
Under the rules, poll observers are paid checks of NIS 540 by the party which they represent. Meretz told its observers to endorse the checks and return them. Activist Gadi Golan, who observed the polls for Meretz, complained that he did not know that when he was asked to endorse the back of his paycheck that Meretz was taking back the money.
("Haaretz" 2 June, 1996)

*** SHAS VOTERS LIED TO POLLSTERS
Pollster Mina Tzemach was aware that Shas voters were lying to pollsters and claiming to plan to vote for other parties and at one point even asked Shas leader Arieh Deri that he ask Rabbi Ovadiah Yoseph to instruct his followers not to lie to pollsters.
("Yediot Ahronot" 31 May, 1996)

** ORA NAMIR: I FEEL GREAT
"I feel great, and that's all."
Ora Namir speaking from her new ambassadorial post in Beijing after hearing that her Party lost the elections
("Haaretz" 31 May, 1996)
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Dr. Aaron Lerner, Associate IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)
(POB 982 Kfar Sava) Tel 972-9-904719/Fax 972-9-911645
INTERNET ADDRESS: imra@netvision.net.il

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THE 14TH KNESSET
JERUSALEM (2 June) Below is the final composition of the 14th Knesset, following the count of all the votes. (c) Jerusalem Post 1996

Labor (34 seats):

1. Shimon Peres
2. Uzi Baram
3. Ehud Barak
4. Binyamin Ben-Eliezer
5. Haim Ramon
6. Avraham Shohat
7. Nissim Zvili
8. Ephraim Sneh
9. Dalia Itzik
10. Ori Orr
11. Yossi Beilin
12. Shevah Weiss
13. Rafi Elul
14. Rafael Edri
15. Haggai Merom
16. Yossi Katz
17. Nawaf Massalha
18. Eli Ben-Menahem
19. Eli Goldschmidt
20. David Liba'i
21. Ra'anan Cohen
22. Amir Peretz
23. Moshe Shahal
24. Ophir Pines
25. Sofia Landver
26. Shalom Simhon
27. Yael Dayan
28. Micha Goldman
29. Adisu Massala
30. Saleh Tarif
31. Avi Yehezkel
32. Yona Yahav
33. Ephraim Oshaya
34. Shlomo Ben-Ami
Likud-Gesher-Tsomet (32 seats):

1. Binyamin Netanyahu
2. David Levy
3. Raphael Eitan
4. Yitzhak Mordechai
5. Ariel Sharon
6. Moshe Katsav
7. Ze'ev Begin
8. Modi Zanberg
9. David Magen
10. Ehud Olmert
11. Dan Meridor
12. Tzahi Hanegbi
13. Uzi Landau
14. Maxim Levy
15. Haim Dayan
16. Limor Livnat
17. Michael Eitan
18. Silvan Shalom
19. Gideon Ezra
20. Moshe Peled
21. Michael Kleiner
22. Meir Sheetrit
23. Eliahu Ben-Elissar
24. Dan Tichon
25. Naomi Blumenthal
26. Yehoshua Matza
27. Avraham Herschson
28. David Re'em
29. Ze'ev Boim
30. Yehuda Lankri
31. Pini Badash
32. Shaul Amor
Shas (10 seats):

1. Aryeh Deri
2. Arieh Gamliel
3. Raphael Pinhasi
4. Shlomo Benizri
5. Eli Yishai
6. Yitzhak Cohen
7. David Azulai
8. David Tal
9. Nissim Dahan
10. Yitzhak Vaknin
National Religious Party (9 seats):

1. Zevulun Hammer
2. Shaul Yahalom
3. Yitzhak Levy
4. Yigal Bibi
5. Zvi Hendel
6. Hanan Porat
7. Shmaryahu Ben-Tzur
8. Avraham Stern
9. Avner Shaki
Meretz (9 seats):

1. Yossi Sarid
2. Haim Oron
3. Amnon Rubinstein
4. Ran Cohen
5. Dedi Zucker
6. Anat Maor
7. Avraham Poraz
8. Naomi Chazan
9. Walid Haj Yihye
Yisrael Ba'aliya (7 seats):

1. Natan Sharansky
2. Michael Nudelman
3. Yuli Edelstein
4. Yuri Stern
5. Marina Solodkin
6. Tzvi Weinberg
7. Roman Bronfman
Hadash/Communists (5 seats):

1. Hashem Mahameed
2. Salah Salim
3. Tamar Gozansky
4. Azmi Bashara
5. Ahmed Sa'ad
The Third Way (4 seats):

1. Avigdor Kahalani
2. Yehuda Harel
3. Emanuel Zissman
4. Alexander Lubotsky
United Torah Judaism (4 seats):

1. Meir Porush
2. Avraham Ravitz
3. Shmuel Halpert
4. Moshe Gafni
Democratic Arab (PLO) Party (4 seats):

1. Abdul Malik Dahamshe
2. Abdul Wahab Darawshe
3. Taleb a-Sanaa
4. Tawfik Hatib
Moledet (2 seats):

1. Rehavam Ze'evi
2. Benny Elon

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