Six hours have passed since the polls closed, and there has been time to absorb what has happened. Kadima has, evidently, done much worse than it seemed by garnering only 28 seats in the Knesset. This will make it very difficult to form a stable government.
One thing I do know. This election should teach everyone of the value of humility.
First, there are the pollsters, and their media parrots. They are never right.
Ehud Olmert arrogantly declared he'd won a resounding victory before the polls had even opened. Wrong.
Bibi Netanyahu...well, you know.
Mafdal/Ihud Leumi really thought they could succeed by appealing only to 'their' people. Wrong.
Amir Peretz gave us a lesson in hard work and determination. (It would be churlish to ignore that.)
I hope they internalize the message, and that they start remembering they are playing with people's lives and the life of a people.