Beer lovers in Israel celebrated the victory of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s centrist Likud party on Sunday, with beer sales up for the first time in a decade.
Beer sales jumped 5 percent to 6 million hectoliters in July.
Beer drinkers also celebrated the end of a year of bitter politics, with Netanyahu’s Likuds on a 12-point lead over his rivals and his party getting almost all the votes.
“We’ve had a long year, a long election, we had the longest election in Israel’s history,” said Aleister, a 28-year-old beer aficionado.
“It was a great year.”
Aleister said he hoped Netanyahu would keep his promise to lift the tax on imported beer, which is one of the main pillars of his support base.
But he also said he was pleased that Likudi got over the hump to become the largest party, even if the rest of the parties have not.
“Likud is very popular in Israel and I think it’s going to be very close.
We’re going to see if the other parties will follow suit,” he said.
“I hope that the other candidates don’t come and ruin the election for us.”
Beer sales surged during the campaign, as Netanyahu tried to get his base to believe he could deliver on a key promise of the previous election.
The economy was the main focus of the campaign.
Netanyahu, who campaigned on a vow to make Israel a “super-power,” promised to raise the value of the Israeli currency to $2.50 from $1.50.
Beer, a popular drink in Israel, is a traditional drink that is consumed by Israelis on many holidays, including the Jewish New Year and Christmas.
Israel’s largest beer brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev, donated $1 million to the Likuda Party, the largest political donation in the country’s history.
A few weeks later, the party won elections in Israel to the Knesset and became the second largest party in the Keren Hashomer-Yisrael Beiteinu (Knesset for Peace) coalition.
“This is a huge victory for Likidics in Israel,” said Tzahi Zohar, a professor of political science at Bar Ilan University.
“Israel is a country of two parties and Likids, which were the main opposition party, now have their second-largest party.”
Likadists are Netanyahu’s ideological wing, the other major opposition party.
They want to lower taxes and limit the size of government.
Likdads are generally viewed as liberal by Israelis, with the party favoring free markets and an expansion of the welfare state.
The Likada is the largest religious party in Israel.
It has its roots in the Christian and Muslim communities of Israel, but has been increasingly represented by non-Jews in recent years.
The Knessets in Israel are the legislative branch of government, and the governing coalition has a two-thirds majority.
The coalition is made up of Netanyahu’s coalition partners.
The prime minister, who was reelected in the 2014 election, has been in office for less than two years.
Netanyahu and his Likads have been working together on some of the most contentious issues in Israeli politics, including immigration, the annexation of the West Bank and the fate of the countrys Jewish settlements.