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The Elections for the 20th Knesset

17.3.2015

Number Eligible Voters

5,881,696

Block Percent

3.25%

Total Voters

4,254,738

Number of valid votes

4,210,884

Precent of voters

72.3%

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Party Votes Count Seats Count Votes Percent List Of Candidates Platform
Likud 985,408 30 23.4 Candidates Candidates
Zionist Union 786,313 24 18.7 Candidates Candidates Platform Platform
Joint (Arab) List 446,583 13 10.6 Candidates Candidates Platform Platform
Yesh Atid 371,602 11 8.8 Candidates Candidates Platform Platform
Kulanu 315,360 10 7.5 Candidates Candidates Platform Platform
Habayit Hayehudi 283,910 8 6.7 Candidates Candidates Platform Platform
Shas 241,613 7 5.7 Candidates Candidates
Yisrael Beytenu 214,906 6 5.1 Candidates Candidates Platform Platform
United Torah Judaism 210,143 6 5.0 Candidates Candidates
Meretz 165,529 5 3.9 Candidates Candidates Platform Platform
Yachad 125,158 - 3.0 Candidates Candidates Platform Platform
Green Leaf 47,180 - 1.1 Candidates Candidates Platform Platform
The Arab List 4,301 - 0.1 Candidates Candidates
Greens 2,992 - 0.1 Candidates Candidates Platform Platform
Kulanu Haverim 2,493 - 0.1 Candidates Candidates Platform Platform
Uvizchutan 1,802 - 0.0 Candidates Candidates Platform Platform
Hatikva Leshinui 1,385 - 0.0 Candidates Candidates
The Pirates 895 - 0.0 Candidates Candidates Platform Platform
Perach (Flower) 823 - 0.0 Candidates Candidates Platform Platform
Nivcheret Ha'am Hazmanit 761 - 0.0 Candidates Candidates Platform Platform
Orr (Light) 502 - 0.0 Candidates Candidates Platform Platform
Skhirut Bekavod 423 - 0.0 Candidates Candidates
The Economics Party 337 - 0.0 Candidates Candidates
Democratura Party 242 - 0.0 Candidates Candidates Platform Platform
Manhigut Chevratit 223 - 0.0 Candidates Candidates Platform Platform

Note that the platforms in this table are in Hebrew.

About the 2015 Elections

Less than two years after the 2013 elections, the 19th Knesset voted in favor of dissolution and early elections were called. The third Netanyahu government (sworn in during March 2013) reached the end of the road earlier than expected, in a manner that many people found surprising. The main reason for Prime Minister Netanyahu's decision to dissolve the government and call early elections was, apparently, a deep personal crisis of confidence between him and two of his senior ministers: Finance Minister Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (Hatnua). Netanyahu fired these two ministers in early December, 2014. A few days later, the Knesset voted by a large majority to dissolve itself.

One of the reforms that the 19th Knesset managed to advance was the "Governance Law." Among other things, this initiative succeeded in raising the electoral threshold from 2% to 3.25%. This step resulted in several changes in Israel's political map during the period leading up to the 2015 elections. On the left of the map, for the first time in history, the three Arab parties (Ra'am, Ta'al, and Balad) and Hadash united to form one common list ("The Joint List"). Tzipi Livni's Hatnua party, whose chances of passing the raised threshold were unclear, joined with the Labor party, and the two decided to run on a joint list called "The Zionist Union." Livni and Isaac Herzog, head of the Labor party, also adopted a model of joint leadership of the joint list, agreeing to rotate the premiership halfway through the term if the Zionist Union were to form the government after the elections. The high threshold also brought about an official end to the Kadima party and led to a continued political partnership between Tekuma and Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home).

The electoral cooperation between the Likud and Yisrael Beytenu did not continue in 2015. The joint "Likud Beytenu" faction was disbanded in the summer of 2014 and the two parties decided to run on separate lists for the elections for the 20th Knesset. In addition, the Shas party underwent a split when its former chairman, Eli Yishai, broke off from Aryeh Deri and formed a new list called Yachad.