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Election results

Data on parliamentary elections, including the background, candidates, voter turnout, results and the formation of the new legislature. By default the latest election results are displayed. Select a date to view results from previous elections

Background

Election date(s) The date when elections started and ended for directly or indirectly elected parliaments/chambers. The date of appointments for appointed parliaments/chambers.
17.09.2019
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature Date at which the previous legislature (elected at the previous elections) was dissolved.
02.10.2019
Timing of election Timing of election: Upon normal expiry; Early elections; Delayed elections
Early election
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
02.03.2020
Number of seats at stake Number of seats contested at the elections. Where the parliament/chamber is fully renewed, this number is usually identical to the statutory number of members. Where the parliament/chamber is partially renewed or appointed, the number of seats at stake is usually less than the total number of members.
120
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
6,394,030
Votes Number of people who actually voted
4,458,167
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
69.72%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
The second snap elections in just five months were again inconclusive. The Blue and White coalition (co-led by former army chief Benny Gantz and former Minister of Finance Yair Lapid) won 33 seats in the 120-member Knesset, one more than Acting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party. All but 17 members of the outgoing legislature were returned to the Knesset. Although the newly elected Knesset held its first session on 3 October, it postponed the speakership elections until the formation of the new government. Meanwhile, on 25 September, President Reuven Rivlin tasked Mr. Netanyahu with forming a new government. Mr. Netanyahu called for a “broad unity government” inviting the Blue and White coalition to join. The Blue and White coalition did not rule out a coalition with Likud, but said it would not serve in a government headed by Mr. Netanyahu, who was facing possible charges in three corruption cases. On 23 October, the President invited Mr. Gantz to form a government but the latter failed to form a government by the deadline of 20 November. Then, the Knesset failed to elect a new Prime Minister by the deadline of 11 December, triggering the third snap elections in less than one year, due to take place on 2 March 2020. During election campaigning the major parties continued to focus on conscription of ultra-Orthodox seminary students (who are currently exempted from the draft) into the army. Disagreement over the conscription quota triggered the collapse of the government in December 2018 and the first snap elections in April 2019. The post-election coalition talks failed over the conscription issues, which triggered the second snap elections in September 2019.
Percentage of seats won by largest party or coalition The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of seats won by the largest party by the number of seats at stake in the election.
27.5%
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
Blue and White 33
Likud 32
Joint List 13
Shas 9
Yisrael Beiteinu 8
United Torah Judaism (Yahadut Hatorah) 7
Yemina 7
Labour-Gesher 6
Democratic Union 5
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
92
Number of women elected
28
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
23.33%
Sources
Knesset (02.10.2019) https://votes22.bechirot.gov.il/nationalresults BBC BBC Monitoring The Times of Israel The Jerusalem Post Middle East Monitor
Women Directly Elected
28

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
92
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
28
First-term parliamentarians The number of members who are assuming their parliamentary mandate for the first time following the election or renewal, regardless of their mode of designation.
8
Date of the first session The date when the newly elected parliament/chamber was convened for the first time. It may be different from the date when members were sworn in.
03.10.2019