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Israel Election Results: How Arab Voters Helped Deprive Netanyahu of Victory

•, Judy Maltz

If Kahol Lavan ultimately emerges as the largest political party in Israel following Tuesday's election, it will have Arab voters to thank for that.

With more than 90 percent of the vote counted, the centrist party appears set to win 32 seats in the next Knesset — one more than Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud. Arab voters seem to have provided the party with at least one, if not two, seats, according to experts.

In the previous election held on April 9, Arab voters effectively saved the left-wing Zionist party Meretz from extinction, pushing it over the 3.25 percent electoral threshold. Of the Jewish parties that ran in the April election, Meretz was the most popular among Arab voters. According to preliminary results made available by the Central Elections Committee, Kahol Lavan won more Arab votes than Meretz in Tuesday's election.