12 parties to enter new Knesset

Small parties fail to draw enough voters to meet minimum mandate requirements.

Only 12 parties entered the Knesset following Tuesday's elections, a reduction from previous years attributed to the new minimum entrance restrictions. The new legislation limited participation in the Knesset to parties that held two or more mandates. Leading up the list of just-under-the-minimum parties was the Green Party, which would have been borderline under the old system with around 1.3% of the vote. Behind them, came the pro-drug legalization Green Leaf Party with 0.8%. Ultra-right wing settler leader Baruch Marzel's Jewish National Front, former security chief Uzi Dayan's Tafnit Party and the two secular parties, Shinui and Hetz, all earned fewer than one percent, with Shinui earning one-tenth of one percent. The party that came in dead last was the Leader Party, which garnered a total of 528, which one commentator described as a situation in which the candidates and their closest friends and family were the only votes earned by the tiny faction. Right-wing activist Michael Kleiner's Herut Party earned under 3,000 votes, and the Lehem Paarty, featuring poverty activist Vicki Knafo earned 1,233 votes.