Television exit polls of three channels gave Kadima 29 or 30 out of 120 parliamentary seats and Likud 27 or 28. The right-wing Yisrael Beitenu of Avigdor Lieberman, which had been surging in recent weeks in the wake of Israel’s three-week war in Gaza, got 14 or 15, with the Labor party of Defense Minister Ehud Barak at 13.
Despite the long-running jokes about Israel being the 51st state, maybe it's not such a bad idea. The country fits right in with our own political electorate. Florida comes to mind.
Meanwhile among the more radically conservative groups in Israel, it has apparently become rather fashionable to blot out the face of Tzipi Livni who is running in the Kadima Party, because she is a woman. And women, you know, shouldn't show their faces.
God, what century is this again?