Israel’s election on April 9th failed to produce a new government and new elections have been scheduled for Tuesday September 17.  CIE will continue to be your destination for all things related to this event. We will regularly 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.


Forming a Government

April 8, 2019

The Israeli election on April 9 is just the first part of the process to decide who will lead the country. Our newest Israel on Board video explains what happens next and how the country’s government is formed.

The Intersection of Israeli Politics and Culture

April 5, 2019

CIE Vice President Rich Walter speaks with Eli Sperling, Academic Research Coordinator of the Emory Institute for the Study of Modern Israel and a Visiting Professor for the Tam Institute of Jewish Studies at Emory University about the influence of politics in Israeli culture.

Useful Links for the 2019 Israeli Elections

March 29, 2019

Here we present a variety of other websites, each with valuable resources and information for enhancing your knowledge about the upcoming elections in Israel. Like our election page, most of these sites are updated regularly and are not politically biased.

The Influence of Religion in the Israeli Electoral System and Political Environment

March 27, 2019

In this four part video series, CIE Vice President Rich Walter speaks with Emory University Professor Rabbi Michael Berger about the influence of religion in Israel’s politics.

2019 Candidates to Know

While much has been written about some of the candidates participating on the various lists vying for the 2019 Knesset, most of the focus has been on those at the head of the lists.  Knowing more about those further down on the lists, who are likely  to be a part of the 21st Knesset following […]

Exclusive Pre-Elections Survey

March 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, & Leaders

March 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 Votes

February 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 US

February 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 Principles

February 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 Elections

February 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 Campaign

February 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.