Israel Election 2021: All the Official Party Slates

Who's running for a Knesset seat? The full lists of party candidates in Israel's fourth election in two years

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The Central Elections Committee convenes for the submission of the party slates, February 3, 2021.
The Central Elections Committee convenes for the submission of the party slates, February 3, 2021.Credit: Yossi Zamir / GPO

Israel is holding its fourth parliamentary election in two years, the product of protracted political deadlock and disagreement over longtime leader Benjamin Netanyahu's fitness to rule while facing corruption charges.

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Election surveys published in the final days before Tuesday's vote predict a tight race between the two major blocs: those who support Netanyahu as the next prime minister, and those against him.

Last month, each party presented to the Central Election Committee its list of candidates and chose the letters to be printed on ballot slips.

    The party slates running in Israel's March 23 election:

    Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the press, this week.Credit: Emil Salman


    Likud is led by Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been prime minister since 2009. He is currently on trial in three cases on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust.

    1. Benjamin Netanyahu

    2. Yuli Edelstein

    3. Yisrael Katz

    4. Miri Regev

    5. Yariv Levin

    6. Yoav Gallant

    7. Nir Barkat

    8. Gila Gamliel

    9. Avi Dichter

    10. Haim Katz

    11. Eli Cohen

    12. Galit Distal Atbaryan

    13. Tzachi Hanegbi

    14. Ofir Akunis

    15. Yuval Steinitz

    16. David Amsalem

    17. Gadi Yevarkan

    18. Amir Ohana

    19. Ofir Katz

    20. Etty Atia

    21. Yoav Kish

    22. David Bitan

    23. Keren Barak

    24. Shlomo Karhi

    25. Miki Zohar

    26. Orli Levi-Abekasis

    27. Keti Shitrit

    28. Ofir Sofer

    29. Patin Mula

    30. May Golan

    31. Tali Ploskov

    32. Uzi Dayan

    33. Ariel Kallner

    34. Osnat Mark

    35. Amit Halevi

    36. Yair Gabbay

    37. Nissim Vaturi

    38. Shevach Stern

    39. Nael Zoubi

    40. Boris Aplichuk

    41. Ayoub Kara

    42. Moti Yogev

    43. Yehudah Glick

    44. Nurit Koren

    45. Zeev Fleishman

    Yair Lapid at the swearing in of the 35th Knesset in May.Credit: Adina Volman/ Knesset Spokesperson

    Yesh Atid

    This center-left party ran with Kahol Lavan in the 2020 election, but the parties split over Gantz’s decision to join Netanyahu’s government. Party leader Yair Lapid is seeking to lead the anti-Netanyahu bloc after March 23.

    1. Yair Lapid

    2. Orna Barbivai

    3. Meir Cohen

    4. Karin Elharrar

    5. Meirav Cohen

    6. Yoel Razvozov

    7. Elazar Stern

    8. Mickey Levy

    9. Merav Ben Ari

    10. Ram Ben Barak

    11. Yoav Segalovitz

    12. Boaz Toporovsky

    13. Idan Roll

    14. Yorai Lahav Hertzanu

    15. Vladimir Beliak

    16. Ron Katz

    17. Nira Shpak

    18. Tania Mazarsky

    19. Yasmin Sax Fridman

    20. Inbar Bezek

    Gideon Sa'ar at a press conference at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem in December.Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg

    New Hope

    Led by former Likud lawmaker Gideon Sa’ar, the party includes some other names who broke away from Netanyahu’s party. They were joined by a few other members of other center-right parties, who all vowed to replace Netanyahu after March 23.

    1. Gideon Sa’ar

    2. Yifat Shasha-Biton

    3. Zeev Elkin

    4. Yoaz Hendel

    5. Sharren Haskel

    6. Benny Begin

    7. Meir Yitzhak Halevi

    8. Zvi Hauser

    9. Michal Shir

    10. Hila Shay Vazan

    11. Dani Dayan

    12. ‎Michel Buskila

    13. Ofer Berkovitch

    14. Avi Ganon

    15. Michal Diament

    16. Sahar Pinto

    17. Sahar Ismail

    18. Alon Keysar

    19. Orna Davidai

    20. Dovrat Weizer

    Merav Michaeli at a press conference, this week.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum


    Labor was long the dominant center-left party in Israel, but has seen its popularity steadily wane. After running in the previous election on the same slate as Meretz and Gesher, it hopes to regain some of its former power under the leadership of Merav Michaeli, who won its recent primary.

    1. Merav Michaeli

    2. Omer Bar-Lev

    3. Emilie Moatti

    4. Gilad Kariv

    5. Efrat Rayten

    6. Ram Shefa

    7. Ibtisam Mara'ana

    8. Nachman Shai

    9. Naama Lazimi

    10. Gil Beilin

    11. Eran Hermoni

    12. Nissim Lasr

    13. Elis Goldman

    14. Maya Nuri Shaked

    15. Amir Khnifess

    Naftali Bennet at a press conference in May.Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg


    This right-wing party, which formerly ran with far-right factions Habayit Hayehudi and National Union, is led by former Minister Naftali Bennett. Bennett served in Netanyahu’s government, but is now hoping to replace him. The party's messaging has been vague, however, regarding whether they would join a Netanyahu-led government after the election.

    1. Naftali Bennett

    2. Ayelet Shaked

    3. Alon Davidi

    4. Matan Kahana

    5. Amichai Chikli

    6. Nir Orbach

    7. Abir Kara

    8. Idit Silman

    9. Shirly Pinto

    10. Shai Maymon

    11. Yomtob Kalfon

    12. Stella Vainshtein

    13. Roni Sassover

    14. Orna Starkmann

    15. Asher Cohen

    Ayman Odeh speaking before the Knesset in July.Credit: Adina Volman/ Knesset Spokesperson

    Joint List

    Three of the four Arab-majority parties who have run together since 2015 – Hadash, Balad and Ta’al – agreed to remain together, while the fourth partner, the United Arab List, split from them.

    1. Ayman Odeh

    2. Ahmad Tibi

    3. Sami Abu Shehadeh

    4. Aida Touma-Sliman

    5. Osama Saadi

    6. Ofer Cassif

    7. Heba Yazbak

    8. Yousef Jabareen

    9. Joumah Azbarga

    10. Sondos Saleh

    Aryeh Dery at a press conference in September 2019.Credit: Oren Ben Hakoon


    The Sephardic ultra-Orthodox party has been a long-standing partner in Netanyhau’s government, and has repeatedly backed him as its preferred candidate for prime minister.

    1. Arye Dery

    2. Yaakov Margi

    3. Yoav Ben Tzur

    4. Michael Malkieli

    5. Chaim Bitton

    6. Moshe Arbel

    7. Yinon Azoulay

    8. Moshe Abutbul

    9. Uriel Busso

    10. Yosef Taieb

    11. Avraham Bezalel

    12. Netanel Haik

    Moshe Gafni speaks in the Knesset, last year.Credit: Adina Valman / Knesset

    United Torah Judaism

    United Torah Judaism represents Ashkenazi ultra-Orthodox Jews. It has been a long-standing partner in Netanyhau’s government, and has repeatedly backed him as its preferred candidate for prime minister.

    1. Moshe Gafni

    2. Yaakov Litzman

    3. Uri Maklev

    4. Meir Porush

    5. Yakov Asher

    6. Israel Eichler

    7. Yitzhak Pindrus

    8. Yaakov Tessler

    9. Eliyahu Baruchi

    10. Moshe Shimon Roth

    11. David Ohana

    12. Binyamin Hershler

    13. Yitzhak Reich

    14. Yosef Baham

    Avigdor Lieberman in a medical tent in Jerusalem during the third COVID lockdown in January.Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg

    Yisrael Beiteinu

    Led by former Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, this right-wing party, founded to give a voice to immigrants from the former USSR, has moved in past years from being a partner in Netanyahu’s coalition to a vocal opponent.

    1. Avigdor Lieberman

    2. Oded Forer

    3. Evgeny Sova

    4. Eli Avidar

    5. Yulia Malinovsky

    6. Hamad Amar

    7. Alex Kushnir

    8. Yossi Shein

    9. Limor Magen Telem

    10. Elina Bardach-Yelov

    Benny Gantz speaking to the press at the Jerusalem municipality in October.Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg

    Kahol Lavan

    Led by Defense and Justice Minister Benny Gantz, the party was a main partner in Netanyahu’s government, despite campaigning in 2020 on promises not to join him. The party submitted its final slate following a string of high-profile departures from the party, precluding any potential merger with other parties.

    1. Benny Gantz

    2. Pnina Tamano-Shata

    3. Chili Tropper

    4. Michael Biton

    5. Orit Farkash-Hacohen

    6. Alon Schuster

    7. Eitan Ginzburg

    Nitzhan Horowitz speaking before the Knesset in June.Credit: Adina Volman/ Knesset Spokesperson


    This left-wing party gave up on a last-minute merger with Labor.

    1. Nitzan Horowitz

    2. Tamar Zandberg

    3. Yair Golan

    4. Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi

    5. Esawi Freige

    6. Mossi Raz

    7. Michal Rozin

    8. Gaby Lasky

    9. Ali Salalha

    10. Kati Piasecki

    Mansour Abbas at a protest outside of the French Embassy in Tel Aviv in October.Credit: Moti Milrod

    United Arab List

    The United Arab List ran with the three other Arab-majority factions since 2015 under the banner of the Joint List, but split over disagreements regarding ties to Netanyahu's party, religious issues and LGBTQ rights. The UAL is widely considered to be the most conservative faction of the four.

    1. Mansour Abbas

    2. Mazen Ghanaim

    3. Walid Taha

    4. Said al-Harumi

    5. Iman Khatib-Yasin

    Leader of the National Union Party Bezalel Smotritch in Jerusalem, 2020. Credit: Emil Salman

    Religious Zionism

    Bezalel Smotrich's far-right Religious Zionism (formerly known as National Union), ran with Bennett’s Yamina in Israel’s last election. This time around it has joined forces with the Kahanist party Otzma Yehudit led by Itamar Ben-Gvir.

    1. Bezalel Smotrich

    2. Michal Woldiger

    3. Itamar Ben-Gvir

    4. Simcha Rothman

    5. Orit Strock

    6. Avi Maoz

    7. Racheli Zinkin

    8. Ayanawo Ferada Senebato

    9. Eliyahu Attiya

    10. Yitzhak Wasserlauf

    Zelekha announces his new party in Tel Aviv, December 30, 2020.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum

    New Economic Party

    Led by leading economist and former accountant general of the Finance Ministry, Yaron Zelekha, the Economic party is making its debut in this election. It is not projected to pass the electoral threshold.

    1. Yaron Zelekha

    2. Osnat Akirav

    3. Yoram Yovell

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