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Israel

State of Israel

7,707,042 6

Population (as of July 1, 2013)

Elections in our database

68.52%

Registered Voters (as of )

Average Turnout

Name Official Name Type
President President Head of State
Knesset Assembly
Prime Minister Prime Minister Head of Government

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Shimon PERES *
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Binyamin NETANYAHU
  • Assembly: Israel has a unicameral Knesset with 120 seats.

* The president is largely a ceremonially role.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by parliament to serve a 7-year term.
  • The Prime Minister is designated by the president to serve a 4-year term.**
  • In the Knesset 120 members are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system to serve 4-year terms.***

** After parliamentary elections, the president will usually select a prime minister that he/she feels has the best possibility of forming a new government.

*** There is a two percent threshold required to gain representation. All candidates run in one, nationwide district.

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Elections

Election For Date Votes Registered Voters Turn Out
Knesset 1999-05-17 3,373,748 4,285,428 78.73%
Knesset 2003-01-28 3,200,773 4,720,075 67.81%
Knesset 2006-03-28 3,186,739 5,014,622 63.55%
Knesset 2009-02-10 3,416,587 5,278,985 64.72%
Knesset 2013-01-22 3,834,136 5,656,705 67.78%
Knesset 2015-03-17 - - -

Voter Turnout