(Israel Hayom/ Exclusive to JNS.org) Voting patterns in Israel’s two biggest cities, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, were almost mirror images of each other, according to final election results released Tuesday by the Central Elections Commission. The largest bloc of Tel Avivians voted for Yesh Atid, the party led by former Israeli journalist Yair Lapid and dedicated to equalizing the national burden and integrating Orthodox Jews into the military or national service and the workforce. On the other side of the coin, the largest voter bloc in the country's capital, Jerusalem, voted for a party with the exact opposite platform: United Torah Judaism.
According to the figures, Tel Aviv had 394,134 eligible voters, of whom 246,890 (62.64 percent) voted. Yesh Atid led with 50,778 votes (20.3 percent of valid votes), Likud-Beytenu was second with 42,873 (17.51 percent), Labor was third with 41,212 (16.83 percent), Meretz was fourth with 35,121 (14.34 percent), Hatnuah was fifth with 17,799 (7.27 percent), Shas was sixth with 14,372 (5.87 percent), and Habayit Hayehudi came in seventh with 10,482 (4.28 percent).
For its part, Jerusalem had 373,238 eligible voters, of whom 243,038 (65.12 percent) voted. United Torah Judaism received the largest share of votes with 53,143 votes (22.04 percent), with Likud-Beytenu coming in second with 49,468 (20.51 percent), Shas third with 37,513 (15.56 percent) and Habayit Hayehudi fourth with 28,418 (11.78 percent). Yesh Atid was fifth with 16,810 (6.97 percent).
Some 250,000 Israelis voted for parties that did not cross the electoral threshold, an increase of 150,000 from the 2009 elections. The combined “wasted” votes amounted to nine mandates.
In Israel’s south, a large shares of votes went to Likud-Beytenu, showing that residents were happy with the results of the last Gaza war:
The election results also show that residents of Judea and Samaria favored Naftali Bennett's Habayit Hayehudi, with Likud-Beytenu and Strong Israel fighting it out for second and third place.