1969 Israeli legislative election

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Elections for the seventh Knesset were held in Israel on 28 October, 1969. Voter turnout was 77.8%.

Results

Party Votes % of vote Seats at start of session Seats at end of session
Alignment ¹ 632,135 46.2% 56 57
Gahal 296,294 21.7% 26 26
National Religious Party ² 133,238 9.7% 12 11
Agudat Yisrael 44,002 3.2% 4 4
Independent Liberals 43,933 3.2% 4 4
National List ¹ 42,654 3.1% 4 3
Rakah 38,827 2.8% 3 3
Progress and Development 28,046 2.1% 2 2
Poalei Agudat Yisrael 24,968 1.9% 2 2
Cooperation and Brotherhood 19.943 1.4% 2 2
HaOlam HaZeh – Koah Hadash ³ 16,853 1.2% 2 1
Free Centre 16,393 1.2% 2 2
Maki 15,712 1.1% 1 1
List for the Land of Israel 7,591 0.6% 0 0
Peace List 5,138 0.4% 0 0
Young Israel 2,116 0.1% 0 0
Total 1,367,743 100% 120 118
Avner Shaki ² - - 0 1
Shalom Cohen ³ - - 0 1
Total 120 120

¹ Meir Avizohar defected from the National List to the Alignment

² Shaki left the National Religious Party and remained a single MK

³ Shalom Cohen left HaOlam HaZeh - Koah Hadash, which was renamed Meri

The election

The 1969 election is notable for the fact that the Alignment coalition was returned to power with the largest number of seats ever won in an Israeli election (57 of the 120). This can be attributed to the government's popularity following the country's victory in the Six Day War, and that the Alignment had been formed by an alliance of the four most popular left-wing parties who between them had taken 51.2% of the vote in the previous election.

It was also the last election with such a decisive majority for the left-wing in Israel, as the disastrous Yom Kippur War shortly before the next elections seriously damaged the Alignment's credibility, with their majority over Gahal reduced to just 12 seats.

The Seventh Knesset

Golda Meir of the Alignment formed the fifteenth government, a national unity government including Gahal, the National Religious Party, the Independent Liberals, Progress and Development and Cooperation and Brotherhood. There were 24 ministers.

Gahal resigned from the coalition on 6 August 1970 after the government had decided to adopt the Rogers Plan.

The seventh Knesset was one of the most stable, with only one new party created (and that itself was virtually a rename of an existing party) and four MKs changing parties.

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