Jerusalem- Despite the ugly and vicious anti-Chareidi campaign which characterized the current Israeli elections, it appears based on exit polls that the Chareidi parties have succeeded in increasing their strength from the previous election, with Shas garnering 9 seats and United Torah Judaism (UTJ) receiving 8 seats.
However the other right-wing parties fared worse. Yemina, which is comprised of three different factions within the religious-Zionist community, managed only 7 or 8 seats, while Jewish Force apparently did not succeed in passing the electoral threshold. Likud did not succeed in repeating its success from the previous election and lost some of its strength.
This does not necessarily mean that the left-wing has won. The major parties on the left did not increase their strength and Blue-And-White has lost some of its strength. Without the Arab parties they have no possibility of establishing a government and no other party will consider sitting in a government with the Arab parties, who consistently stress their anti-Zionism and criticism of Israel as a Jewish state.
Thus it is still likely that the Chareidi parties will play a significant role in the next government, although it is entirely unclear who will form that government.