As the country heads for elections, one study finds that the Israeli Knesset, the country’s parliament, has known great turnover during the past dozen years. Only 25 of the 120 members elected in the 2012 election have survived to take part in next month’s contest.
Another study suggests that the low number of parties with representation in the Knesset following the 2020 polling (eight) should rise this time to nine to 14. To get into the parliament, a list must secure at least 3.25 percent of the total vote. Parties in danger of not reaching that threshold include Meretz, Religious Zionist Party, Ra’am (United Arab List), Blue-White and the New Economic Party.
The research was conducted by the Israel Democracy Institute.
— Aaron Leibel
Veteran journalist Aaron Leibel writes for The Jerusalem Post and Washington Jewish week. He is the author of the acclaimed memoir, Figs and Alligators: An American Immigrant’s Life in Israel in the 1970s and 1980s, available from Amazon in Kindle and paperback, Barnes and Noble, and at every local bookstore in the U.S. and Canada.