The right-wing Likud narrowly beats out the left-wing Meretz — at least among millennials in the Philadelphia area.
The results of the Israeli election are in: Likud Party scratches out a narrow victory over… Meretz Party?
These results are not, of course, from the real election, which takes place March 17, but from ballots cast by graduate students and young professionals at a March 11 mock election event in Center City sponsored by the Israeli Consulate in Philadelphia, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Jewish Graduate Student Network, and Moishe House Philadelphia.
Likud captured 34 seats; Meretz, 30; Zionist Union, 26; Yesh Atid, 18; Kulanu, 8 ; and Jewish Home Party, 4. These results contrast with recent polls which have had either Likud, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, or the Zionist Union, led by Isaac Herzog, winning the election and the left-wing Meretz Party near the bottom.
Israeli Deputy Consul General Elad Strohmayer moderated the event, where attendees learned about the various party platforms and about how parties try to build a coalition.