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Graphic toont de partijen die verkiesbaar zijn in de Knesset en de laatste peilingen.


Spelers in de algemene verkiezingen in Israël

By Duncan Mil

September 17, 2019 - Israeli’s stemmen op partijen, niet op individuele kandidaten, en 32 partijen strijden om de stembus. Hoe meer stemmen een partij krijgt, des te meer zetels die in het 120 zetels tellende parlement, de Knesset, krijgt.

On September 17, 2019, Israel will hold the second election in five months. To secure Knesset representation, a party needs to receive at least 3.25% of the votes. Opinion polls project that there will be as many as ten parties represented in the next Knesset.

It’s not the party which wins the most votes or seats that will lead the next government. It’s the party which can pull together a viable coalition. Since Israel’s founding in 1948, no political party has ever won a majority of Knesset seats.

Following the vote in April, Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Likud tied with the Blue and White alliance of Benny Gantz, both winning 35 seats. Israeli President Rivlin tasked Netanyahu with forming a government.

A two-month negotiation process ensued between Likud and other right-leaning political parties, including ultra-Orthodox parties and the Yisrael Beiteinu party led by Avigdor Lieberman.

Lieberman’s primary demand was the passage of a law that would increase the number of ultra-Orthodox men drafted into the military, a demand that the ultra-Orthodox parties opposed.

This stalemate prevented Netanyahu from forming a government coalition and led the Knesset to vote for new elections.

PUBLISHED: 16/09/2019; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Associated Press