2021 Israeli legislative election

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Legislative elections were held in Israel to elect the members of the 24th Knesset on 23 March 2021.

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Note that the entire country constitutes a single electoral constituency. In Israel's proportional representation system, candidates represent national parties and not electoral districts or local constituencies. All registered Israeli citizens 18 years and over are entitled to vote. The 120 Knesset seats are then assigned in proportion to each party's percentage of the total national vote with the minimum required threshold for a party to be represented in the Knesset currently 3.25% of the total votes cast. In the 2021 election, with 4,410,052 valid votes, this represented a minimum of 143,327 votes.

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This Israeli legislative election
Israel
← 2020 23 March 2021

All 120 seats in the Knesset
61 seats needed for a majority
Party Leader Seats Before VoteCount 25Mar
Previous Opposition, Now the New Government
Yesh Atid
Liberalism
Yair Lapid 1617
Yamina
Religious Nationalism
Naftali Bennett 56
Blue and White
Zionism
Benny Gantz 158
Yisrael Beiteinu
Revisionist Zionism
Avigdor Lieberman 77
Labor
Social Democracy
Merav Michaeli 17
New Hope
includes Derekh Eretz
Economic Liberalism
Gideon Sa'ar 26
Meretz
Social Democracy
Nitzan Horowitz 36
Ra'am
Arab Interests (Thunder)
Mansour Abbas 04
Total 4961
 

Previous Coalition
Likud
Conservatism
Benjamin Netanyahu 3630
Religious Zionist
Ultranational Zionism
Bezalel Smotrich 06
Shas
Religious Conservatism
Aryeh Deri 99
UTJ
Torah Judaism
Yaakov Litzman 77
Labor (split)
Social Democracy
Amir Peretz
Itzik Shmuli
20
Gesher
Social Liberalism
Orly Levy 10
Jewish Home
Religious Nationalism
Hagit Moshe 10
Total 5652
 

Also in Opposition
Joint List
Arab Interests
Ayman Odeh 156
Yamina (split)
Religious Nationalism
Amichai Chikli 01
New Prime MinisterPrevious Prime Minister
Naftali Bennett
Yamina
Benjamin Netanyahu
Likud

According to the coalition agreement signed between Likud and Blue and White in 2020, elections were to be held 36 months after the swearing-in of the 35th government, making 23 May 2023 the next election date. However, Israeli law stipulates that if the 2020 state budget was not passed by 23 December 2020, the Knesset would be dissolved and elections would be held by 23 March 2021.

On 2 December 2020, the Knesset passed the preliminary reading of a bill to dissolve the current government by a vote of 61–54. On 21 December 2020, the Knesset failed to pass a bill to avoid this dispersal by a vote of 47-49. Since the Knesset had failed to approve the 2020 state budget by the required deadline, at midnight IST on 23 December 2020, the government coalition collapsed and the 23rd Knesset was officially dissolved. In accordance with the law that the election must be held within 90 days after the dissolution of the Knesset, the date for elections to the 24th Knesset was automatically set for 23 March 2021.

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