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.
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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

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

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

Yamina

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

Shas

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

Meretz

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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