With more than 98% of ballots counted, the results from the Israeli election of March 23, 2021 are almost final. I am going to take a stab at analyzing the results and providing an update about the possible direction things may take in the coming weeks. I should note that the final results are due to be announced at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Israel time, but most commentators have indicated that few changes are expected. Apparently the ballots have actually been tabulated but the "official" statement has not yet been released.
On Wednesday night, Israelis tuned in to the news at 10 p.m. to hear the results of "exit polls" which, in Israel, are usually fairly close to the final results. Three different TV stations announced their respective projections. In two out of the three releases, Bibi was projected to have a 61 seat, bare majority - and perhaps, escape with a win. But over the course of the evening, the projections were adjusted and the real results started coming in. Bibi's bloc went down to 59 and it has remained there until now.
So here is where we are at. This is Bibi's "bloc" - the parties that have pledged their allegiance to him and are willing to form a government under his leadership:
Shas (Ultra Orthodox Sephardi) 9;
United Torah Judaism (Ultra Orthodox Ashkenazi) 7;
Religious Zionist (Extreme Right Nationalist): 6