After two elections in April and September 2019 failed to produce a new government a third round of elections has been scheduled for Monday March 2, 2020. CIE will continue to be your destination for all things related to this event. We will continue to release new content and update materials 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.
The Greatest Necessity: National CohesionJune 21, 2019
Israel’s government must nurture a spirit of unity and national purpose by building a policy consensus as broad as possible. This is necessary both in preparation for likely combat operations against Iran and its proxies, and in order to respond wisely to the American peace plan and to intelligently manage conflict with the Palestinians.
Forming a GovernmentApril 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 CultureApril 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 ElectionsMarch 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 EnvironmentMarch 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 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.