The Central Elections Committee’s CEO, Orly Addes, and chairman, Supreme Court Justice Uzi Vogelman, visit the committee’s Logistics and Operations Center during preparations Feb. 23, 2021, to supply 15,000 voting stations a month later. (Photo by Yossi Zamir, Israeli Government Press Office)
Israel entered a period of political instability when its governing coalition fell apart in December 2018 over the issue of Haredi military service. The articles, activities and other digital resources below provide insights into how and why Israel’s Knesset elections in April and September 2019 failed to produce a new government, leading to a third election within a year on March 2, 2020. The urgency of the COVID-19 pandemic helped break the political logjam with a unity government featuring a rotation agreement for prime minister between Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz, but that government failed to survive into 2021. For the fourth time in less than two years, Israelis are electing a new Knesset on March 23, 2021.
CIE election resources — videos, documents, activities, analyses and more — help learners of all ages and specific educational levels understand the Israeli political system beyond the current campaign, including a list of all Israeli prime ministers with the results of every Knesset election. To enhance electoral education, we provide a series of nine questions about how the system developed, how it works, and how it compares with other democracies, both parliamentary and presidential.
Majority of Israelis Support their Parties Joining a Blue and White CoalitionNovember 4, 2019
October 2019 Israeli Voice Index revealed a decline in Israelis’ assessment of President Trump’s commitment to Israel’s security. The survey also found that 62% of Israelis support the parties they voted for in the last elections, seeking to join a Blue and White led coalition.
A Majority of Israelis Prefer a Unity GovernmentOctober 4, 2019
September 2019 Israeli Voice Index found that a majority of Israelis prefer a unity government. Additionally the majority of Israelis do not think the State should offer Benjamin Netanyahu a plea bargain or that he would agree to one. In the September survey we found a significant increase in the rate of Israelis who are optimistic about the future of democratic rule and about the future of Israel’s security. The increase is evident particularly on the left and in the center and does not exist in the right-wing camp (Jewish Israelis) where there was a decline in optimism.
September 2019 Elections—Initial AnalysisSeptember 18, 2019
After an unprecedented second round of elections - the final outcome is still unclear. We’re now entering the next stage of the political lifecycle: coalition negotiations. The Israel democracy Institute provides detailed analyses of this election’s outcomes compared to others in Israel’s history.
The Knesset and the Court: Is This Israel’s Override Election?September 17, 2019
This election will be less about which candidate ends up as prime minister, but rather the real possibility of radical judicial reforms that might soon pass in the Knesset and which would limit the Supreme Court’s ability to perform crucial oversight over the political system.
September 2019 Elections – Candidates to KnowSeptember 9, 2019
With the emergence of new parties and alliances, changes in party leadership, and maneuvering of party list order, we have updated our biographies of candidates to know about for the September 17th election.
Activity – Parties, Platforms & Leaders Part 2August 28, 2019
Israel’s political system requires its leaders and political parties to reach compromises and agreements in order to effectively govern the country.
The Positions of the Israeli Right-WingAugust 26, 2019
This special survey examines attitudes of right wing voters on a number of issues related to September's election including the possibility of a unity government and recent proposals that would limit judicial review and oversight of Knesset and government decisions. The poll reveals that 42% of right-wing voters support a unity government and that 43% oppose additional political power for elected officials at the expense of the Judicial Branch of government.
Overwhelming Support for Retaining Judicial Review Among Right Wing-VotersAugust 12, 2019
The Israel Democracy Institute published on August 12th a special survey examining attitudes of right wing voters on a number of issues related to September's election including. These include the possibility of a unity government and recent proposals that would limit judicial review and oversight of Knesset and government decisions. The poll reveals that 42% of right-wing voters support a unity government and that 43% oppose additional political power for elected officials at the expense of the Judicial Branch of government.
2019’s Do-Over Election
With the inability of Prime Minister Netanyahu to form a governing coalition in the spring, Israeli voters will head back to the polls just five months after April's Knesset elections. This whiteboard video explains what's different this time around emphasizing which political parties have joined together, which ones have new leaders, and which ones have decided not to run.
Towards the Elections: Prime Minister Netanyahu gets Mixed GradesAugust 7, 2019
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is awarded high grades for improving Israel’s international standing (60%), enhancing the country's military strength (56%), and successfully contending with the Iranian threat (50.5%) but poor grades for failing to increase solidarity between Israel's different segments of society (51%) and on the question of personal integrity (49%).
Arab Politics in Israel: Where are they Headed?July 24, 2019
The elections of April 2019 were marked by a historic low in the participation rate of Arab citizens. According to the CEC, only 49.2% of eligible voters in Arab and Druze communities voted. For 20 years, Arab society's voting rate in Israel has dropped by more than 25 percent. The national voter turnout also declined during this period, but only by 10%. The increase in voter turnout among the Arab population in the 2015 elections is therefore the exception to the general rule.
For These Do-Over Elections, We are all SmarterJuly 15, 2019
Another Election? It Has its Pluses for the Public and for Democracy. Voters got to see how parties behaved after elections, and parties now know the real risk of a hardline negotiation stance.