Kadima party leader Tzipi Livni isn’t throwing the electoral towel. She lies in first place, narrowly ahead Netanyahu with 28 seats. Despite right wing rivals opposing her vision, Livni remains optimistic that she can bring them on board to form a unity government.Livni said: ‘‘It’s a wonderful day for the state of Israel. The people of Israel chose Kadima and we will complete this mission by creating a unity government under our leadership and the public in Israel will be able to smile another time when we stand and create this government.’‘
Whoever comes out on top, with such a close final result, it makes ultra-nationalist candidate Avigdor Lieberman, who looks set to take 15 seats, the coalition kingmaker.