ElectionGudie

May 17, 1999 Held

3,373,748
Voted
Israel

State of Israel

Election for Knesset (Israeli Knesset)

Results

77%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:3,373,748
Valid Votes:3,309,416
Invalid Votes:64,332

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

One Israel (Labor, Gesher, Meimad) 26 670,484

20.26%

Likud 19 468,103

14.14%

Shas 17 430,676

13.01%

Other parties receiving seats (5) 15 403,602

12.20%

Yisrael Ba'aliya 6 171,705

5.19%

Shinui 6 167,748

5.07%

Meretz - Democratic Israel 10 153,525

7.66%

National Religious Party 5 140,307

4.24%

United Torah Judaism 5 125,741

3.80%

United Arab List 5 114,810

3.47%

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 120 seats in the Knesset

Description of government structure:

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

* The president in Israel is largely a ceremonial role and is elected by the Knesset.

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.***

Main parties in the electoral race:

  • Alliance: One Israel (Labor, Gesher, Meimad)*
    • Leader: Ehud BARAK
    • Seats won in this election: 26
    • Seats won in last election: 34
  • Party: Likud**
    • Leader: Binyamin NETANYAHU
    • Seats won in this election: 19
    • Seats won in last election: 32
  • Party: Shas
    • Leader: Arieh DERI
    • Seats won in this election: 17
    • Seats won in last election: 10
  • Party: Meretz - Democratic Israel****
    • Leader: Yossi SARID
    • Seats won in this election: 10
    • Seats won in last election: 9
  • Party: Yisrael Ba'aliya
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in this election: 6
    • Seats won in last election: N/A
  • Party: Shinui
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in this election: 6
    • Seats won in last election: N/A
  • Party: National Religious Party
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in this election: 5
    • Seats won in last election: N/A
  • Party: United Torah Judaism
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in this election: 5
    • Seats won in last election: N/A
  • Party: United Arab List
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in this election: 5
    • Seats won in last election: N/A
  • Party: Other parties receiving seats (5)
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in this election: 15
    • Seats won in last election: N/A

* The party seats won in the last election represent those of the Labor party only.
** Seats won in last election include those won in the electoral alliance with the Gesher and Tsomet parties.
**** The party seats won in the last election represent those of the Meretz party only.

Last Parliamentary election:

  • Elections for the Knesset and Prime Minister were last held on May 29, 1996.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 5,643,966 (July 1998 This estimate includes 155,000 Israeli settlers in the West Bank, 17,000 in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, 6,000 in the Gaza Strip, and 164,000 in East Jerusalem.)
  • Registered Voters: 4,285,428 ( 1999 )

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 3,106,452 (1999)

·         Is Israel a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (17 July 1980)

·         Has Israel ratified CEDAW: Yes (3 October 1991)

·         Gender Quota: No

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 9 (following the 1999 elections)

·         Human Development Index Position: 18 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A

Disability Data:

·         Is Ireland a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)

·         Has Ireland ratified CRPD: Yes (28 September 2012)

·         Population with a disability: 846,594 (est.)