Election's Made Easy
When Israelis go to the polls March 17, they’ll be picking a party, not a prime minister. So how exactly will Israel’s next leader get into office?
These elections determine the composition of the new Knesset and of the government to be established based on these results. 25 parties have submitted lists of candidates to the Central Elections Committee and in turn these parties will submit their candidate for Prime Minister to the current President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin.
Israel’s parliamentary system rewards whichever party, or party leader, would be most capable of forming a sustainable ruling coalition - a process that creates a volatile mix of legislative agendas, political ambitions, expediency, and personal relationships.
Even the largest party can’t go it alone, since partners are needed to form a coalition of at least 61 MKs before a new government can be sworn in.
Here are some extremely helpful resources for more information on the 2015 Israeli election:
- Kol Oleh
- Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Everything you need to know about Israeli elections but were afraid to ask
- Israeli Elections 2015: A Brief Guide to the Unexpected
- Israeli Elections 2015: 101
- A beginner’s guide to Israel’s elections