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.

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

(English name, if relevant)

1הימין החדש בראשות שקד ובנטנHaYamin HaHadash,

headed by Shaked and Bennett

(New Right)

2זהות – תנועה ישראלית יהודית בהנהגת משה פייגליןזZehut

Tnua Yisre’eilit Yehudit, led by Moshe Feiglin

3כלכלה ירוקה – מדינה אחתץCalcala Yeruka – Medina Ahat
4מהתחלהקןMeiHat’hala
5מגן בראשות גל הירשנץMagen,

Headed by Gal Hirsch

6כל ישראל אחים ופעולה לישראלקףKol Yisrael Ahim and

Peula L’Yisrael

7ברית עולםזךBrit Olam
8ישראל ביתנו בראשות אביגדור ליברמןלYisrael Beiteinu,

Headed by Avigdor Lieberman

9בט”ח – ביטחון חברתי בראשות סמיון גרפמןןBetah – Bitahon Hevrati,

Headed by Semion Grafman

10איחוד בני הברית בראשות רב חובל בשארה שליאןיןIhud Bnei HaBrit,

Headed by Sea Captain Bashara Shalian

11יהדות התורה והשבת

אגודת ישראל – דגל התורה

גYahadut HaTorah V’haShabbat, Agudat Yisrael – Degel Hatorah

(United Torah Judaism)

12נ נח – הרשימה הממלכתית – תרימו את הראשףץNa Nach – HaReshima HaMamlachtit – Tarimu et HaRosh
13צדק לכל כי הגיעה העת

למען החי. האדם. והאדמה

קTzedek Lakol ki higia ha’et, Lemaan HaHai. HaAdam. VehaAdama.
14צדק חברתיצקTzedek Hevrati
15ישר – דמוקרטיה אמיתיתיYashar – Democratia Amitit
16ארץ ישראל שלנוקיEretz Yisrael Shelanu
17הפיראטים בראשות האינטרנט פתק לשלשולףזHaPiratim, headed by Internet Ballots
18אחריות למייסדים בראשות חיים דייןיץAhrayut LaMeyasdim,

Headed by Haim Dayan

19מפלגת הגוש התנ”כייזMIfleget HaGush HaTanachi
20גשר בראשות אורלי לוי אבקסיסנרGesher,

Headed by Orly Levi-Abekasis

21פשוט אהבה – כי כולן/ם בני אדםףיPashut Ahava – Ki Kulam/n Bnei Adam
22מנהיגות חברתיתןנManhigut Hevratit
23זכויותינו בקולנונזZechuteinu BKoleinu
24כבוד האדםןךKevod HaAdam
25שוויםףנShavim
26כחול לבן בראשות בני גנץ ויאיר לפידפהKahol Lavan,

Headed by Beni Gantz and Yair Lapid

27הרשימה הערבית בראשות מוחמד כנעאןרHaReshima HaAravit,

Heade by Muhamad Khnaan

28כולנו הימין השפוי בראשות משה כחלוןכKulanu HaYamin HaShafui,

Headed by Moshe Kahlon

29אני ואתה – מפלגת העם הישראלית בהובלת דר’ אלון גלעדיץיAni VAta – Mifleget HaAm HaYisre’eilit,

Led by Dr. Alon Giladi

30מפלגת העבודה בראשות אבי גבאיאמתMifleget HaAvoda,

Headed by Avi Gabay

(Labor)

31מרצ – השמאל של ישראלמרצMeretz – HaSmol Shel Yisrael
32מפלגת האזרחים הוותיקיםזיMifleget HaEzrahim HaVatikim
33הליכוד בהנהגת בנימין נתניהו לראשות הממשלהמחלLikud,

Led by Binyamin Netanyahu for Prime Minister

34אורן חזן בראשות “צומת”זץOren Hazan leading “Tzomet”
35חינוךףךHinuch
36התקווה לשינויךקHaTikva LeShinui
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רע”מ-בל”ד – הרשימה הערבית המאוחדת ברית לאומית דמוקרטיתדעםRaam – Baalaad – HaReshima HaAravit HaMeuhedet Brit Leumit Democratit
38איחוד מפלגות הימין הבית היהודי- האיחוד הלאומי – עוצמה יהודיתטבIhud Miflegot HaYamin HaBayit HaYehudi – HaIhud HaLeumi – Otzma Yehudit
39חד”ש תע”ל בראשות איימן עודה ואחמד טיביוםHadash Taal,

Headed Ayman Odeh and Ahmad Tibi

40התאחדות הספרדים שומרי תורה תנועתו של מרן הרב עובדיה יוסף זצ”שסHitahdut HaSZefaradim Shomrei Torah – Tnuato shel Maran HaRav Ovadya Yosef

(Shas)

 

 

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