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FREEMAN CENTER ELECTION BLOG - ONE DAY LEFT
By Bernard J. Shapiro

March 27, 2006

This is a day of great reflection for me and all of Israel. The issues before the electorate are immense, yet the level of political action seems to be restrained. The front runner, Kadima, has no ideology except retreat in the face of Arab terrorism. The right wing parties are terribly divided and have not really launched a coordinated campaign against the Left.

Despite all of this I am optimistic that a miracle could occur tomorrow. My optimism is based on two factors:

1. That the voters who support Eretz Yisrael will be highly motivated to vote and
2. That the Kadima voters will "wake up" and understand the consequences of electing Olmert.

This is a lot to take for granted and one should not be complacent. It is foolish to make predictions in Israel, when so many things can change overnight. But let me be foolish and you can laugh at me on Wednesday.

My election predictions are:

30 Kadima
17 Likud
14 Labor
12 Shas
5 Yachad [Meretz]
13 National Union & NRP
14 Yisrael Beiteinu [Lieberman]
5 Yahadut Hatorah
1 Hazit
9 Arabs

Right Bloc = 62
Left Bloc = 49
Arabs = 9

Olmert is ousted and a new Zionist religious government is formed quickly. Israelís security and survival as a Jewish State is preserved. From my computer to G-dís ear.

NOW GO OUT AND VOTE TOMORROW AND MAKE IT HAPPEN!