How Israel’s cities voted: Likud in Jerusalem, Zionist Union in Tel Aviv

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Likud and haredi Orthodox parties dominated in Jerusalem, while the Zionist Union took the most votes in Tel Aviv in Israel’s national elections.

Nationally, the right-wing Likud Party garnered 23.3 percent of the vote and the center-left Zionist Union coalition garnered 18.7 percent of the vote, followed by the United Arab List with nearly 11 percent of the vote, according to Israel’s Central Election Committee.

In Jerusalem, Likud finished with 24 percent of the vote, United Torah Judaism got 21 percent, the Sephardic Orthodox Shas party got 11 percent, the Zionist Union got 10 percent and Naftali Bennett’s Jewish Home party got 8 percent. The Yachad party, led by former Shas lawmaker Eli Yishai, got 7 percent of the vote in Jerusalem but failed to meet the minimum number of votes nationally required to enter the Knesset. The Joint Arab List garnered 1.2 percent of the vote in Jerusalem.

In Tel Aviv, the Zionist Union won 34 percent of the vote, Likud got 18 percent, the left-wing Meretz party got 13 percent and the centrist Yesh Atid got 11 percent. Both Jewish Home and the Joint Arab List garnered 3 percent of the vote in Tel Aviv.

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In Sderot, the southern Israeli city that has borne the brunt of rocket attacks from Gaza, 42 percent of ballots went to Likud, 11 percent to Jewish Home, 8 percent to Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu party and 7.5 percent to the Zionist Union.