Knesset Law Committee votes to raise electoral threshold

Proposal to raise threshold from 2% to 4% to be brought before Knesset plenum; expert warns it will waste thousands of votes.

July 28, 2013 17:00
1 minute read.
David Rotem

David Rotem 370. (photo credit: Jeremy Sharon)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

The Knesset Law Committee voted on Sunday to approve a proposal by committee chairman David Rotem (Yisrael Beytenu) to raise the electoral threshold from two to four percent.

The proposal will be brought to the Knesset plenum for approval along with other electoral reforms on Wednesday; however, none of the reforms are expected to be passed into law in their final readings until the Knesset returns from its extended summer recess in October.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

Arab MKs protested that the vote was held during Ramadan on a Sunday when both Muslims and Christians in their parties were inconvenienced from coming.

In the Knesset Law Committee meeting, Labor and Hadash MKs accused Rotem of expediting the passage of the bill so that party chairman Avigdor Liberman would have an  accomplishment before the summer recess.

When Rotem said that he would be proceeding with the bill despite the MKs' complaints, Labor MK Miki Rosenthal called him "a little fascist."

Hebrew University Professor Avraham Diskin, who is considered the country's top author on electoral reform, warned that raising the threshold would waste thousands of votes and would ultimately hurt large parties not just small parties.

He noted that it was Bayit Yehudi, a medium-sized party, that forced Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to form a coalition that he did not want.

Related Content

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
August 31, 2014
Prime minister to Channel 1: I’ll be running again in next election

By Gil Stern Stern HOFFMAN