Naftali Bennett
Naftali BennettIsrael news photo: Flash 90

The Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party did roughly as well as predicted in Tuesday’s elections, earning 12 seats according to exit polls. The outcome means a huge boost compared to the party’s current status with 7 MKs in Knesset of whom 3 were Bayit Yehudi and 4 were Ichud Leumi.

“Something new is beginning,” declared party head Naftali Bennett, repeating his campaign slogan. “Religious Zionism is back on center stage.”

MK Uri Ariel exulted over the results. “There hasn’t been an achievement like this before” for religious Zionism, he declared.

“We hope to continue from here and to help the nation of Israel and the state of Israel,” he said.

MK-to-be Zevulun Kalfa, seventh on the party list, said, “I am sure that the Jewish Home party will ‘deliver the goods’ to the citizens of Israel… With G-d’s help, we will be effective partners in the next coalition.”

Final results may be influenced by IDF soldiers’ votes, he noted. Soldiers’ votes traditionally tend toward the political right.

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