Next Israeli legislative election
This lists parties that currently hold seats.
Avigdor Lieberman has opposed a draft law (supported by ultra-Orthodox parties) which would allow Torah students exemptions from serving in the IDF. Meretz and Yesh Atid submitted a proposal on 12 March 2018 seeking the dissolution of the Knesset. Early elections were ultimately averted.
The 120 seats in the Knesset are elected by closed list proportional representation in a single nationwide constituency. The electoral threshold for the election is 3.25%. In almost all cases, this is equivalent to a minimum party size of four seats, but on rare occasions a party can end up with three.
|Likud||National liberalism, Economic liberalism, Zionism||Benjamin Netanyahu||23.40%|
30 / 120
|Zionist Union||Social liberalism, Progressivism, Labor Zionism||Avi Gabbay||18.67%|
24 / 120
|Joint List||Israeli Arab interests, Non-Zionism, Big-Tent||Ayman Odeh||10.54%|
13 / 120
|Yesh Atid||Liberal Zionism, Israeli secularism, Centrism||Yair Lapid||8.81%|
11 / 120
|Kulanu||Social liberalism, Economic egalitarianism, Liberal Zionism||Moshe Kahlon||7.49%|
10 / 120
|The Jewish Home||Religious Zionism, Settler interests||Naftali Bennett||6.74%|
8 / 120
|Shas||Populism, Sephardic and Mizrahi interests, Religious conservatism||Aryeh Deri||5.73%|
7 / 120
|United Torah Judaism||Ashkenazi/Haredi interests, Orthodox Halacha, Religious conservatism||Yaakov Litzman||5.03%|
6 / 120
|Yisrael Beiteinu||Russian speakers' interests, National conservatism||Avigdor Lieberman||5.11%|
5 / 120[a]
|Meretz||Social democracy, Green politics||Tamar Zandberg||3.93%|
5 / 120
- Yisrael Beiteinu won six seats in the 2015 elections, but one member left to sit as an independent.
Public expression of interest
- Orly Levy has expressed interest in participating in the election, with a political party, that is yet to be revealed.
- Adina Bar-Shalom and Michael Biton have expressed interest in participating in the election, with their newly-formed political party Achi Yisraeli, that still needs to be registered.
- Benny Gantz has expressed interest in participating in the election, it has been said that he will either join the newly-formed political party Achi Yisraeli, created by Adina Bar-Shalom and Michael Biton or create a newly-formed independent party.
Likud, Labor, Jewish Home and Meretz parties have systems in which the leadership and most candidates are elected in inner-party primary elections.
- The Likud party primary election was at first preceded to 23 February 2016 following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's proposal, and later canceled by party court arguing that according to the Likud constitution, there was no need for a vote when only one candidate is running after only Netanyahu filed to run in the primaries.
- The Jewish Home Party held its leadership primaries on 27 April 2017. Naftali Bennett won with 80.3% of the vote, Yonatan Branski received 12.2%, and Yitzhak Zagha received 7.47%.
- The Labor Party held its leadership primaries on 10 July 2017. Avi Gabbay defeated Amir Peretz in the runoff, with Isaac Herzog being defeated during the first round of voting.
- The Meretz Party held its leadership primaries on 22 March 2018. Tamar Zandberg won with 71% of the vote, Avi Buskila received 29%.
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