Senior Blue & White member Ofer Shelah admitted the exit poll projections were disappointing. “The wound is painful. We need to do the utmost to prevent a Netanyahu government,” he said on Israeli TV.
Retired General Yair Golan, of the center-left Labour-Gesher-Meretz alliance, also admitted the exit poll projections looked poor. “We need to rebuild the left-wing camp,” he said on Israeli TV.
Meanwhile, the leader of the Joint List of Arab parties, Ayman Odeh, hailed his party’s own success and slammed Blue & White. He called the projected result for the Joint List “the greatest parliamentary achievement [for Arab parties] since the first Knesset. The problem is Blue and White’s racist approach in seeking a Jewish majority. We succeeded. [Blue and White] failed.”
And Avigdor Liberman — who has sought to carve out a kingmaker role since the first election in April — struck a defiant tone. “The thing to do is to wait for the true results before we reach conclusions. We won’t budge an inch from what we promised,” he said.