Live from J’lem
Amir Peretz took the stage to address the nation but was upstaged by Olmert, who the TV sound went to quickly but kept the split screen. How symbolic and symptomatic of Israeli political culture–speaking at but not listening. Olmert’s speech, call for unity and for a focus on education were all great. But the split screen showed that the party was at Labor party headquarters, with clapping, music, a full stage and celebrations.
It is now 1:26am and Ynet reports that 25% of the votes have been counted and Atid Echad has finally appeared, with .4 percent. We need 2% but it is the first validation that Avraham’s critique of the exit polls is being reflected now.