Israel has scheduled its next election for Tuesday April 9th and CIE will be your destination for all things related to this event. Each week, we will release new content related to Israel’s democracy, electoral process, results of past elections, political parties and factions. An array of materials will be available for use in a variety of educational settings or for expanding your personal knowledge.
Exclusive Pre-Elections SurveyMarch 6, 2019
Exclusive Pre-Elections survey by the Guttman Center at the Israel Democracy Institute finds that half of Israelis find it harder than in the past to decide whom to vote for; 25% base their choice on the party’s positions on socioeconomic issues and 18% on who heads the party; 27% do not trust the integrity of the Knesset elections.
Activity – Parties, Platforms, & LeadersMarch 4, 2019
Israel’s political system requires its leaders and political parties to reach compromises and agreements in order to effectively govern the country. In this activity, designed for middle school through adults, learners will engage in research and role play to learn about the major parties running in the 2019 Israeli election; uncover elements of each party’s […]
How Israel VotesFebruary 28, 2019
Our latest Israel on Board video explains how the electoral system in Israel works. The video highlights the voting process, explains proportional representation and the electoral threshold, and describes why there are so many different parties.
Activity – Comparative Elections and Political Systems: Israel and the USFebruary 27, 2019
One of the keys to understanding Israel’s elections process is recognizing the structures of the country’s electoral and political system. Although both democracies, Israel and the United States have very different political systems.
Video – Israel’s Democratic Roots & Constitutional PrinciplesFebruary 21, 2019
Professor Doron Shultziner explains the origins of Israel’s democratic norms and how the country has used Basic Laws to uphold the rule of law in the absence of a formal constitution.
Infographic – The History of Israeli ElectionsFebruary 18, 2019
Israeli political history is rich and vibrant. This series of timelines will showcase the changing tides of the world’s only Jewish Democracy.
Arab Politics in the 2019 Election CampaignFebruary 13, 2019
Arab society in Israel is not a homogenous political or ideological community, but rather — a mosaic made up of four main streams: Arab-Israeli (Zionist); Arab-Jewish non-Zionist (communist); Islamic, and Nationalist. The Arab-Israeli stream is represented in Jewish– Zionist political parties (on the Right and Left), and the other three are currently represented by the Joint List. The latter three streams all emphasize the Arab community’s Palestinian identity, but differ in certain aspects of their world views. Whereas the nationalist stream stresses the Palestinian nationalist component of the Arab minority’s identity, the Islamic stream stresses the religious (Islamic) component, and the Arab-Jewish stream believes in Arabs and Jews joining forces in social activism.
Special Elections SurveyFebruary 8, 2019
The Jewish public is divided over the question whether the prime minister should resign if indicted by the Attorney General, pending a hearing; 52% of the Jewish public believes that Israelis living abroad should also have the right to vote. 52% of the Israeli public (49.5% of Jews, 66% of Arabs) believes that Prime Minister Netanyahu should resign if the Attorney General recommends that he be indicted, while 35.5% believe he can continue serving as prime minister.
Why Are There so Many Political Parties, and Why Does This Fragmentation Obstruct Governance?February 4, 2019
Israeli society is extremely diverse, with multiple political divisions that run along ideological, ethnic and religious fault-lines. Israel also has an extreme proportional system of government, which grants representation in the Knesset to any party that passes a low 3.25% threshold in the election that takes place in a nationwide single district. The result of these two factors is political fragmentation. On the one hand, this is a good thing because minorities in Israel are adequately represented in parliament. However, representation comes at a price in terms of political stability and good governance.