As the counting of votes winds down and Likud is shown as having achieved 30 seats, the question arises: just who are the Likud MKs who unexpectedly made it into the Knesset?
Likud faces well known to the public start to grow thin after the 20th spot, which Deputy Minister Tzipi Hotovely obtained after a close battle with Avi Dichter in Likud primaries. Dichter still made it in at the 26th spot, which was predicted by polls as being unrealistic. The intense struggle between the two for a recount of primaries votes signifies just how little anyone expected Likud would make it as high as it did.
At number 21 is David Amsalem, on the Likud list as its representative for the Jerusalem region. The spot after his was reserved for a representative of the Negev region, and was secured by Miki Zohar.
Coming in at 23 was Anat Berko, a social researcher and terrorism expert who controversially revealed in the past that she hugged and kissed terrorists in conducting her research, identifying with them.
Berko likewise last month opposed disqualifying Arab MK Hanin Zoabi, who has openly supported the Hamas terrorist organization, which has the genocide of all Jews inscribed into its very charter.
The 24th spot was reserved for a representative of the non-Jewish sector, and was filled by Ayoub Kara, a Druze.
From 25 onwards the recognizable faces grow even thinner, with 25 being taken by Nava Boker. Boker is the widow of Brig. Gen. Lior Boker who died in the tragic Carmel fire of 2010, and strongly opposed the state prosecutor's decision to drop investigations against Druze minors suspected of having started the blaze.
Dichter comes next at 26 as noted, followed by Avraham Nasoga, and after him Nurit Koren in one of the spots reserved for female candidates.
At 29 is Yaron Mazuz, and 30 is held by Oren Hazan, the son of former Likud MK Yehiel Hazan who appears to have gotten a spot reserved for a younger candidate.
Ironically, a mere three spots out of the running, at 33, is Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick who ran in a largely symbolic position to support Likud and nearly ended up becoming an MK.
Glick was repeatedly shot at point blank range by an Arab terrorist late last year but miraculously survived his critical wounds.