Israel Election 2019: Bennett and Shaked's Party Is Out, Exit Polls Show

Education Minister Bennett tells supporters not to give up hope after Channel 11 and 12 show Hayamin Hehadash will not make it into next Knesset

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Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked at a campaign rally, Be'er Sheva, March 31, 2019.
Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked at a campaign rally, Be'er Sheva, March 31, 2019.Credit: Eliyahu Hershkovitz
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Education Minister Naftali Bennett, co-chair of Hayamin Hehadash, told supporters not to give up hope after two out of three exit polls predicted the party falling below the electoral threshold on Tuesday evening.

According to exit polls by Channel 11 and Channel 12, Hayamin Hehadash will not make it into the next Knesset. Channel 13's exit poll, however, showed the party, co-chaired by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, receiving four seats.

"Don't let your spirits fall," Bennett told supporters at the party's headquarters in Bnei Brak. "Leadership is tested in difficult moments. We have patience, huge faith and nerves of steel," he said. "We take care of the soldiers, and you'll see that the soldiers will take care of us," suggesting that military ballots, which have yet to be counted, would ensure the votes needed to pass the electoral threshold.

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He vowed that the party will enter the Knesset and urged supporters to be patient. "We are sure of the righteousness of our path. We're in it for the long haul, we have patience," he added.

Bennett's political partner, Shaked, said: "I suggest we go to sleep today and see the real results tomorrow morning. Be strong, we will wake up tomorrow and talk."

She said that she still has much work to do to overhaul the justice system, "and together we will succeed in reaching the goals we wanted, even if it takes longer, we are not giving up and we are walking on a long road. I know we will succeed."

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