As expected, Yisrael Beitenu came third and with 15 seats improved its position, reinforcing leader Avigdor Lieberman’s claims to be a vital coalition partner.
He was the big winner in the election, an election he helped precipitate when he walked out of the Kadima-led coalition after the war against Hezbollah in Lebanon. “We set the order of the day. That’s Yisrael Beitenu’s greatest achievement, above any other achievement,” he said in his results speech. Kadima and Likud will certainly try to woo him, but in the end they may prefer to try and form a national unity government with one or more smaller parties.