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Israeli election hangs in the balance

Friday, September 23, 2022


The election on November 1 is a contest between one bloc aligned with former Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and another opposed to him. Opinion polls indicate that neither will win a majority in the Knesset. The controversial figure of Netanyahu is the major point separating the two sides but other political, social, security and economic issues also divide them.


  • Only between ten and twelve of the 40 parties competing in the elections have a realistic chance of winning seats.
  • Another election -- the sixth since April 2019 -- is a distinct possibility if neither bloc gains a majority.
  • High Arab voter turnout could lead to the anti-Netanyahu bloc forming a new government with the support of the Joint List.
  • If Netanyahu forms a government, Israel could lurch towards illiberal democracy.

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