Tomorrow: Israel votes for the 21st Knesset

The State of Israel’s citizens will go to the polls on Tuesday, April 9 to cast their vote in the 21st Knesset elections.

The Defense Ministry has announced the closure of Judea-Samaria and the crossings to Gaza during the day of the elections.

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Palestinian Authority workers will not be allowed into Israel during the counter-terrorism procedure.

The passage from Judea and Samaria to other parts of Israel will only be permitted for humanitarian, medical and exceptional cases, subject to the approval of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories.

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After surviving several coalition crises, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s fourth government (in office since May 2015) disbanded in December of 2018. The formal reason given for the early Knesset dissolution was the governing coalition’s inability to obtain a majority to push forward legislation that would authorize a proposed solution for the interminable issue of ultra-Orthodox military service.

The resignation of Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and his Yisrael Beitenu party in November, due to the inadequate military response to attacks from Hamas terrorists in Gaza, left the coalition with a fragile majority of 61 members. The law dissolving the Knesset passed on December 26, 2018, and the parliament set Election Day for April 9, 2019.

Tomorrow Israel votes for the 21st Knesset

Recent polls have shown that the right-wing bloc led by Netanyahu will win a majority in the Knesset. But they also show a new centrist party headed by a left-wing former general emerging as the largest faction in parliament. Surveys detect many undecided voters who could swing the election either way.

The 120 Knesset seats are allocated by proportional representation to party lists. In order to win seats in the Knesset, a party must pass a threshold of at least 3.25 percent of the national vote, equivalent to 4 seats.

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No single party has ever won an outright majority in the Knesset, making coalition governments the norm. After the election and consultations with party leaders, the president asks the candidate whom he judges has the best chance of forming a coalition to try and put together a government. That is usually the person heading the largest party, but not necessarily.

That candidate has 28 days to form a government, with a possible 14-day extension. If he or she fails then the president tasks a different candidate with the job.

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In the 2019 election, about 5.8 million Israelis are eligible to vote, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics.

The following is the approved list of Candidate List names and representative letters, as they will appear on the ballots for the 21st Knesset elections.

ย List Name as appears on ballotsRepresentative Letter(s) as appear(s) on ballotsList name in English Letters

(English name, if relevant)

1ื”ื™ืžื™ืŸ ื”ื—ื“ืฉ ื‘ืจืืฉื•ืช ืฉืงื“ ื•ื‘ื ื˜ื HaYamin HaHadash,

headed by Shaked and Bennett

(New Right)

2ื–ื”ื•ืช โ€“ ืชื ื•ืขื” ื™ืฉืจืืœื™ืช ื™ื”ื•ื“ื™ืช ื‘ื”ื ื”ื’ืช ืžืฉื” ืคื™ื™ื’ืœื™ืŸื–Zehut

Tnua Yisre’eilit Yehudit, led by Moshe Feiglin

3ื›ืœื›ืœื” ื™ืจื•ืงื” โ€“ ืžื“ื™ื ื” ืื—ืชืฅCalcala Yeruka โ€“ Medina Ahat
5ืžื’ืŸ ื‘ืจืืฉื•ืช ื’ืœ ื”ื™ืจืฉื ืฅMagen,

Headed by Gal Hirsch

6ื›ืœ ื™ืฉืจืืœ ืื—ื™ื ื•ืคืขื•ืœื” ืœื™ืฉืจืืœืงืฃKol Yisrael Ahim and

Peula L’Yisrael

7ื‘ืจื™ืช ืขื•ืœืื–ืšBrit Olam
8ื™ืฉืจืืœ ื‘ื™ืชื ื• ื‘ืจืืฉื•ืช ืื‘ื™ื’ื“ื•ืจ ืœื™ื‘ืจืžืŸืœYisrael Beiteinu,

Headed by Avigdor Lieberman

9ื‘ื˜”ื— โ€“ ื‘ื™ื˜ื—ื•ืŸ ื—ื‘ืจืชื™ ื‘ืจืืฉื•ืช ืกืžื™ื•ืŸ ื’ืจืคืžืŸืŸBetah โ€“ Bitahon Hevrati,

Headed by Semion Grafman

10ืื™ื—ื•ื“ ื‘ื ื™ ื”ื‘ืจื™ืช ื‘ืจืืฉื•ืช ืจื‘ ื—ื•ื‘ืœ ื‘ืฉืืจื” ืฉืœื™ืืŸื™ืŸIhud Bnei HaBrit,

Headed by Sea Captain Bashara Shalian

11ื™ื”ื“ื•ืช ื”ืชื•ืจื” ื•ื”ืฉื‘ืช

ืื’ื•ื“ืช ื™ืฉืจืืœ โ€“ ื“ื’ืœ ื”ืชื•ืจื”

ื’Yahadut HaTorah V’haShabbat, Agudat Yisrael โ€“ Degel Hatorah

(United Torah Judaism)

12ื  ื ื— – ื”ืจืฉื™ืžื” ื”ืžืžืœื›ืชื™ืช โ€“ ืชืจื™ืžื• ืืช ื”ืจืืฉืฃืฅNa Nach โ€“ HaReshima HaMamlachtit โ€“ Tarimu et HaRosh
13ืฆื“ืง ืœื›ืœ ื›ื™ ื”ื’ื™ืขื” ื”ืขืช

ืœืžืขืŸ ื”ื—ื™. ื”ืื“ื. ื•ื”ืื“ืžื”

ืงTzedek Lakol ki higia ha’et, Lemaan HaHai. HaAdam. VehaAdama.
14ืฆื“ืง ื—ื‘ืจืชื™ืฆืงTzedek Hevrati
15ื™ืฉืจ โ€“ ื“ืžื•ืงืจื˜ื™ื” ืืžื™ืชื™ืชื™Yashar โ€“ Democratia Amitit
16ืืจืฅ ื™ืฉืจืืœ ืฉืœื ื•ืงื™Eretz Yisrael Shelanu
17ื”ืคื™ืจืื˜ื™ื ื‘ืจืืฉื•ืช ื”ืื™ื ื˜ืจื ื˜ ืคืชืง ืœืฉืœืฉื•ืœืฃื–HaPiratim, headed by Internet Ballots
18ืื—ืจื™ื•ืช ืœืžื™ื™ืกื“ื™ื ื‘ืจืืฉื•ืช ื—ื™ื™ื ื“ื™ื™ืŸื™ืฅAhrayut LaMeyasdim,

Headed by Haim Dayan

19ืžืคืœื’ืช ื”ื’ื•ืฉ ื”ืชื ”ื›ื™ื™ื–MIfleget HaGush HaTanachi
20ื’ืฉืจ ื‘ืจืืฉื•ืช ืื•ืจืœื™ ืœื•ื™ ืื‘ืงืกื™ืกื ืจGesher,

Headed by Orly Levi-Abekasis

21ืคืฉื•ื˜ ืื”ื‘ื” โ€“ ื›ื™ ื›ื•ืœืŸ/ื ื‘ื ื™ ืื“ืืฃื™Pashut Ahava โ€“ Ki Kulam/n Bnei Adam
22ืžื ื”ื™ื’ื•ืช ื—ื‘ืจืชื™ืชืŸื Manhigut Hevratit
23ื–ื›ื•ื™ื•ืชื™ื ื• ื‘ืงื•ืœื ื•ื ื–Zechuteinu BKoleinu
24ื›ื‘ื•ื“ ื”ืื“ืืŸืšKevod HaAdam
25ืฉื•ื•ื™ืืฃื Shavim
26ื›ื—ื•ืœ ืœื‘ืŸ ื‘ืจืืฉื•ืช ื‘ื ื™ ื’ื ืฅ ื•ื™ืื™ืจ ืœืคื™ื“ืคื”Kahol Lavan,

Headed by Beni Gantz and Yair Lapid

27ื”ืจืฉื™ืžื” ื”ืขืจื‘ื™ืช ื‘ืจืืฉื•ืช ืžื•ื—ืžื“ ื›ื ืขืืŸืจHaReshima HaAravit,

Heade by Muhamad Khnaan

28ื›ื•ืœื ื• ื”ื™ืžื™ืŸ ื”ืฉืคื•ื™ ื‘ืจืืฉื•ืช ืžืฉื” ื›ื—ืœื•ืŸื›Kulanu HaYamin HaShafui,

Headed by Moshe Kahlon

29ืื ื™ ื•ืืชื” โ€“ ืžืคืœื’ืช ื”ืขื ื”ื™ืฉืจืืœื™ืช ื‘ื”ื•ื‘ืœืช ื“ืจ’ ืืœื•ืŸ ื’ืœืขื“ื™ืฅื™Ani VAta โ€“ Mifleget HaAm HaYisre’eilit,

Led by Dr. Alon Giladi

30ืžืคืœื’ืช ื”ืขื‘ื•ื“ื” ื‘ืจืืฉื•ืช ืื‘ื™ ื’ื‘ืื™ืืžืชMifleget HaAvoda,

Headed by Avi Gabay


31ืžืจืฆ โ€“ ื”ืฉืžืืœ ืฉืœ ื™ืฉืจืืœืžืจืฆMeretz โ€“ HaSmol Shel Yisrael
32ืžืคืœื’ืช ื”ืื–ืจื—ื™ื ื”ื•ื•ืชื™ืงื™ืื–ื™Mifleget HaEzrahim HaVatikim
33ื”ืœื™ื›ื•ื“ ื‘ื”ื ื”ื’ืช ื‘ื ื™ืžื™ืŸ ื ืชื ื™ื”ื• ืœืจืืฉื•ืช ื”ืžืžืฉืœื”ืžื—ืœLikud,

Led by Binyamin Netanyahu for Prime Minister

34ืื•ืจืŸ ื—ื–ืŸ ื‘ืจืืฉื•ืช “ืฆื•ืžืช”ื–ืฅOren Hazan leading “Tzomet”
35ื—ื™ื ื•ืšืฃืšHinuch
36ื”ืชืงื•ื•ื” ืœืฉื™ื ื•ื™ืšืงHaTikva LeShinui


ืจืข”ืž-ื‘ืœ”ื“ โ€“ ื”ืจืฉื™ืžื” ื”ืขืจื‘ื™ืช ื”ืžืื•ื—ื“ืช ื‘ืจื™ืช ืœืื•ืžื™ืช ื“ืžื•ืงืจื˜ื™ืชื“ืขืRaam โ€“ Baalaad โ€“ HaReshima HaAravit HaMeuhedet Brit Leumit Democratit
38ืื™ื—ื•ื“ ืžืคืœื’ื•ืช ื”ื™ืžื™ืŸ ื”ื‘ื™ืช ื”ื™ื”ื•ื“ื™- ื”ืื™ื—ื•ื“ ื”ืœืื•ืžื™ โ€“ ืขื•ืฆืžื” ื™ื”ื•ื“ื™ืชื˜ื‘Ihud Miflegot HaYamin HaBayit HaYehudi โ€“ HaIhud HaLeumi โ€“ Otzma Yehudit
39ื—ื“”ืฉ ืชืข”ืœ ื‘ืจืืฉื•ืช ืื™ื™ืžืŸ ืขื•ื“ื” ื•ืื—ืžื“ ื˜ื™ื‘ื™ื•ืHadash Taal,

Headed Ayman Odeh and Ahmad Tibi

40ื”ืชืื—ื“ื•ืช ื”ืกืคืจื“ื™ื ืฉื•ืžืจื™ ืชื•ืจื” ืชื ื•ืขืชื• ืฉืœ ืžืจืŸ ื”ืจื‘ ืขื•ื‘ื“ื™ื” ื™ื•ืกืฃ ื–ืฆ”ืฉืกHitahdut HaSZefaradim Shomrei Torah โ€“ Tnuato shel Maran HaRav Ovadya Yosef