Israel Election Results: Full List of Parties, Lawmakers That Made It Into Knesset

Benny Gantz's Kahol Lavan ahead of Netanyahu's Likud by two seats, election results show ■ Arab-majority Joint List third largest party, with Arab participation up ■ Kahanist party out

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Gabi Ashkenazi, Benny Gantz, Yair Lapid and Moshe Ya'alon at the Kahol Lavan campaign headquarters in Tel Aviv after polls closed in Israel's election, September 18, 2019.
Gabi Ashkenazi, Benny Gantz, Yair Lapid and Moshe Ya'alon at the Kahol Lavan campaign headquarters in Tel Aviv after polls closed in Israel's election, September 18, 2019.Credit: AFP

With 97 percent of the votes from Israel's election counted, Benny Gantz's Kahol Lavan has pulled ahead of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party, with 33 and 31 seats respectively.

Netanyahu's bloc, comprised of right-wing and ultra-Orthodox parties, currently stands at 55 out of 120 Knesset seats. The center-left bloc, excluding Arab parties, has 44 seats.

Avigdor Lieberman, whose Yisrael Beiteinu party has gotten eight seats, emerges once more as the election's kingmaker. On Wednesday morning, he reiterated his support for a "broad liberal unity government," which would include Yisrael Beiteinu, Likud and Kahol Lavan.

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Significantly ahead of Lieberman's Yisrael Beiteinu, the Joint List of four Arab-majority parties repeated its 2015 election result, becoming the third largest party in the Knesset again, with 13 seats.

Sephardi ultra-Orthodox party Shas has nine seats, followed closely by its Ashkenazi counterpart United Torah Judaism with eight. Ayelet Shaked's Yamina gets seven seats, the results indicate, while left-wing outfits trail the rest, with Labor-Gesher getting six seats and Democratic Union five.


Benny Gantz speaks at Kahol Lavan HQ after exit polls show him taking the lead in Israel's election, September 18, 2019.Credit: Ilan Assayag

Former military chief Gantz emerged last election as a serious rival to Netanyahu. Gantz, a popular former Israeli army chief of staff and political newcomer, joined forces with the right-wing Moshe Ya'alon, a former defense minister, and center-left former Finance Minister Yair Lapid to form the centrist Kahol Lavan party. Many predicted that the three-way marriage wouldn’t last past the April election, but the parties are still together, surviving rumblings of dissatisfaction about the rotation arrangement in which Gantz and Lapid would each serve as prime minister for two years. Gantz has called for pursuing peace with the Palestinians while maintaining Israeli security interests. He has signaled he would make territorial concessions toward the Palestinians, but has also sidestepped the question of Palestinian statehood.

1 Benny Gantz

2 Yair Lapid

3 Moshe Ya'alon

4 Gabi Ashkenazi

5 Avi Nissenkorn

6 Meir Cohen

7 Miki Haimovich

8 Ofer Shelah

9 Yoaz Hendel

10 Orna Barbivai

11 Michael Biton

12 Chili Tropper

13 Yael German

14 Zvi Hauser

15 Orit Farkash-Hacohen

16 Karin Elharrar

17 Meirav Cohen

18 Yoel Razvozov

19 Asaf Zamir

20 Izhar Shay

21 Elazar Stern

22 Mickey Levy

23 Omer Yankelevich

24 Pnina Tamano-Shata

25 Gadeer Mreeh

26 Ram Ben Barak

27 Alon Shuster

28 Yoav Segalovitz

29 Ram Shefa

30 Boaz Toporovsky

31 Orly Fruman

32 Eitan Ginzburg

33 Gadi Yevarkan


Benjamin Netanyahu arrives at the Likud party headquarters following the announcement of exit polls during Israel's parliamentary election in Tel Aviv, Israel September 18, 2019. Credit: Ofer Vaknin

Likud champions tough security policies when it comes to Iran, Syria and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Many of its members oppose the creation of a Palestinian state. Benjamin Netanyahu, in a last-minute election promise, said he would annex Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank if he wins another term. Likud has rallied around Netanyahu, who is facing possible indictment in three corruption cases in which he has denied any wrongdoing. The party absorbed Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon's socioeconomically-minded Kulanu party.

1. Benjamin Netanyahu

2 Yuli Edelstein

3 Yisrael Katz

4 Gilad Erdan

5 Moshe Kahlon

6 Gideon Sa'ar

7 Miri Regev

8 Yariv Levin

9 Yoav Gallant

10 Nir Barkat

11 Gila Gamliel

12 Avi Dichter

13 Zeev Elkin

14 Haim Katz

15 Eli Cohen

16 Tzachi Hanegbi

17 Ofir Akunis

18 Yuval Steinitz

19 Tzipi Hotovely

20 David Amsalem

21 Amir Ohana

22 Ofir Katz

23 Etty Atia

24 Yoav Kish

25 David Bitan

26 Keren Barak

27 Shlomo Karhi

28 Miki Zohar

29 Yifat Shasha-Biton

30 Sharren Haskel

31 Michal Shir


Leaders of the Joint List celebrate their success in the polls, Nazareth, September 17, 2019.Credit: AFP

After a powerful debut showing in the 2015 election, in which it won an impressive 13 seats, the alliance of four predominantly Arab parties broke into two separate slates for the April race — and the results were bad. Now they're back, with the socialist Jewish-Arab Hadash-Ta'al party and Arab nationalist and Islamist United Arab List-Balad linking up once again. Disheartened and unhappy with the Joint List’s ugly breakup earlier this year, voter turnout in the Arab community dropped dramatically — from 63 percent down to just 50 percent. The slate’s leader, Ayman Odeh, has expressed hope that the move will help “overthrow the right-wing government,” as well as “preventing racism, annexation and the destruction of democracy.” Arab parties have never joined governing coalitions in Israel.

1 Ayman Odeh

2 Mtanes Shehadeh

3 Ahmad Tibi

4 Mansour Abbas

5 Aida Touma-Sliman

6 Walid Taha

7 Ofer Cassif

8 Heba Yazbak

9 Osama Saadi

10 Yousef Jabareen

11 Said al-Harumi

12 Jaber Asakila

13 Sami Abu Shehadeh


Arye Dery casts his ballot in Jerusalem, September 17, 2019. Credit: Emil Salman

Allied with UTJ, Shas (an acronym for Union of Sephardic Torah Observers) has like UTJ been an almost permanent fixture in successive governments and represents Haredi Jews of Middle Eastern origin. Its chairman Arye Deri, has previously served two years in prison for bribery.

1 Arye Dery

2 Yitzhak Cohen

3 Meshulam Nahari

4 Yaakov Margi

5 Yoav Ben Tzur

6 Michael Malkieli

7 Moshe Arbel

8 Yinon Azoulay

9 Moshe Abutbul


Avigdor Lieberman speaks at Yisrael Beiteinu's electoral headquarters in Jerusalem, September 17, 2019.Credit: AFP

Yisrael Beiteinu's leader, Moldovan-born Lieberman, played his political cards cleverly when he refused to join Netanyahu’s coalition after April’s election, thus triggering the September ballot. His refusal to budge on drafting the ultra-Orthodox to the IDF was a popular move with right-wing voters, pushing him ahead in the polls. The former defense minister's policies include trading Arab towns in Israel to any future Palestinian state for territory in the West Bank where Jewish settlements have been built. The right-wing party counts on the support of immigrants from the former Soviet Union.

1 Avigdor Lieberman

2 Oded Forer

3 Evgeny Sova

4 Eli Avidar

5 Yulia Malinovsky

6 Hamad Amar

7 Alex Kushnir

8 Mark Ifraimov


Yaakov Litzman voting in Jerusalem, September 17, 2019. Credit: Emil Salman

United Torah Judaism represents ultra-Orthodox Jews, or Haredim, of European origin. Successive coalition governments have had to rely on support from ultra-Orthodox parties, which traditionally put their sectoral demands above larger issues like security and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. UTJ is primarily concerned with safeguarding state benefits for Haredi men who devote themselves to full-time religious study and do not serve in the conscript military or work.

1 Yaakov Litzman

2 Moshe Gafni

3 Meir Porush

4 Uri Maklev

5 Yaakov Tessler

6 Yakov Asher

7 Israel Eichler

8 Yitzhak Pindrus


Ayelet Shaked speaks at Yamina's headquarters in Ramat Gan, September 17, 2019. Credit: AFP

The newly formed Yamina (formerly United Right) slate is essentially a restoration of the alliance Ayelet Shaked helped dismantle, with disastrous results, after she and Naftali Bennett broke away to form Hayamin Hehadash last December (their new party failed to cross the electoral threshold). After a weak showing in the election, the religious parties they left behind — Habayit Hayehudi and Bezalel Smotrich's National Union, realized that the whole of the “right of Netanyahu” camp is greater than the sum of its parts, and have fallen in line behind Shaked — to the astonishment of men who did not believe male Orthodox political leaders could ever bow to the leadership of a secular woman.

1 Ayelet Shaked

2 Rafi Peretz

3 Bezalel Smotrich

4 Naftali Bennett

5 Moti Yogev

6 Ofir Sofer

7 Matan Kahana


Amir Peretz, June 23, 2019. Credit: Avishag Shaar-Yashuv

After Labor's weak performance in the previous election, the historic social-democratic party ousted leader Avi Gabbay and reinstated former leader Amir Peretz. This has not significantly helped the party's downward slope in popularity, nor did its refusal to join in an alliance with Meretz or Ehud Barak's party. Peretz's link-up with Orli Levi-Abekasis' center-right Gesher party, which failed to cross the electoral threshold in April, also marred its chances, as did the exit of two of the party's most influential members: Stav Shaffir, who left for the new Democratic Union party, and Shelly Yacimovich, who is taking a break from politics.

1 Amir Peretz

2 Orli Levi-Abekasis

3 Itzik Shmuli

4 Merav Michaeli

5 Omer Bar-Lev

6 Revital Swid


Nitzan Horowitz, Stav Shaffir, and Ehud Barak announce the creation of Democratic Union, Tel Aviv, July 25, 2019. Credit: Sebastian Scheiner,AP

This new center-left joint slate is one of the election's surprise alliances. There had been talks of a Labor-Meretz merger, but these rumors were disrupted when former Prime Minister Ehud Barak thundered back onto the political scene in May. Barak was joined by the left-wing Zionist Meretz party and renegade Labor lawmaker Stav Shaffir, who expected other Labor members to jump ship alongside her (they didn't). Barak, marred by his connections to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, forfeited a leadership role in the party, placing himself low on the party's slate - it looks like he will not be entering the Knesset at all.

1 Nitzan Horowitz

2 Stav Shaffir

3 Yair Golan

4 Tamar Zandberg

5 Ilan Gilon

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