ElectionGudie

Jan. 22, 2013 Snap

3,834,136
Voted
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State of Israel

Election for Knesset

Results

67%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:3,834,136
Valid Votes:3,793,469
Invalid Votes:40,667

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

Likud Yisrael Beiteinu 31 - 884,625

23.32%

Yesh Atid 19 - 543,222

14.32%

Israeli Labor Party 15 - 432,083

11.39%

The Jewish Home - National Union 12 - 345,935

9.12%

Shas 11 - - 331,800

8.75%

United Torah Judaism 7 - 196,038

5.17%

Hatnuah 6 - 189,168

4.99%

Meretz 6 - - 172,340

4.54%

United Arab List - Arab Movement for Renewal 4 - 138,362

3.65%

The Democratic Front for Peace and Equality 4 - 113,610

2.99%

National Democratic Assembly 3 - 96,926

2.56%

Kadima 2 - 79,513

2.10%

Strong Israel - - 66,840

1.76%

Whole Nation - - 45,691

1.20%

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 120 seats in the Knesset

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.

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

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by parliament to serve a 7-year term.
  • 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.***

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

Main parties in the electoral race:

** Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu announced on 25 October 2012 that they would run as a unified bloc in the 2013 Parliamentary election. In the 2009 Parliamentary election, Likud won 27 seats, and Yisrael Beiteinu won 15 seats.
***** United Torah Judaism consists of the Degal HaTorah and Agudat Israel parties.
****** Consists of the Eretz Yisrael Shelanu, Molodet, Hatikva, and Tkuma parties. In the previous election, parties running under the Jewish Home list won 3 seats.
********** Party contested the 2009 Knesset elections under the name New Movement - Meretz.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 7,590,758 (July 2012 est)
  • Registered Voters: 5,656,705 (January 2013 )