I normally send out only one blog per day. Today is an important day our election day where the future of the country is at stake
When you get to the election box, you vote according to a series of Hebrew Letters that don't say who you are voting for
You have to know what Hebrew letter is for your party. I have produced that list below.
Get out and vote for the future of Israel
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Polls across the Jewish State will, for the most part, open at 7 am on Tuesday as Israelis cast their ballots to determine – hopefully – the next government and the members of the 25th Knesset.
Some 710 polling stations will be deployed on military bases across the country to enable IDF soldiers to vote. According to the IDF, 29 percent of those casting their ballots in uniform are doing so for the very first time.
Soldiers will be able to vote from 8 am to 10 pm, when the polls close.
Voters must bring their Israeli ID card, Israeli passport, or Israeli driver's license to the polling site to vote.
This is the fifth such election in four years, three of which ended in a stalemate.
The previous government, which lasted barely a year, was cobbled together by Jewish Home party chairperson Naftali Bennett.
After serving as prime minister for a year, in accordance with a prior rotation agreement Bennett then handed over the reins to Yesh Atid party chairperson Yair Lapid (who was to head the government next in the rotation) — and said bluntly that he would sit this election out.
Lapid became a caretaker prime minister, with Bennett serving as alternate while continuing to manage the "Iran portfolio."
Israel's English-language Elections Committee site can be accessed here for those with any questions about the election.
If you need to find the location of your polling station, you can access that information here.
You can also call 1-800-222-290 (choose the English language option on the menu) for information on your polling station.
If you prefer to use texting to find your polling station, send an SMS with your Israeli ID number (teudat zehut) to 050-808-5500. You will receive the location of your polling station in response.
A typical Knesset includes many factions represented. This is because of the low election threshold required for a seat – 1 percent of the vote from 1949 to 1992, 1.5 percent from 1992 to 2003, 2 percent from 2003 to 2014, and 3.25 percent since 2015. In the 2015 elections, for instance, ten parties or alliances cleared the threshold, and five of them won at least ten seats. The low threshold, in combination with the nationwide party-list system, makes it all but impossible for a single party to win the 61 seats needed for a majority government. No party has ever won a majority of seats in an election, the most being 56, won by the Alignment grouping in the 1969 elections (the Alignment had briefly held a majority of seats before the elections following its formation in January 1969).
As a result, while only four parties (or their antecedents) have ever led governments, all Israeli governments, as of 2021, have been coalitions comprising two or mo
Parties represented in the Knesset[
The following parties are represented leading up to the 2022 election: