Israel Elections 2021

The 2021 legislative elections in Israel were held on March 23, 2021, in order to elect the members of the 24th Knesset. The elections were the fourth in two years and were triggered by the dissolution of the Likud-Blue and White coalition which lasted for less than a year.

A total of 39 parties registered to run in the elections, although several dropped out shortly ahead of election day itself.

The election results saw the Likud party receive 30 seats, seven less than they had held in the 23rd Knesset, followed by Yesh Atid with 17, and then Shas with nine. Meretz, Haavodah, and Ra'am, received six, seven, and four seats respectively, despite uncertainty about whether or not any of them would pass the minimum threshold.

As leader of the largest majority, Benjamin Netanyahu was charged with forming a government by then-president Reuven Rivlin. Upon his failure to do so by the deadline, the mandate was passed onto Yair Lapid as leader of the second-largest party.

Together with Naftali Bennett, Yair Lapid set out to form a wide coalition encompassing parties from the left such as Meretz and Haavodah, and the right, Yamina and New Hope. Mansour Abbas' Ra'am signed a coalition agreement with Lapid on June 2, just several hours before the deadline, making Ra'am the first Arab party to sit in government. 

On June 13, 2021, the thirty-sixth government of Israel was sworn in with Naftali Bennett as Prime Minister and Yair Lapid set to take over as head of government in 2023.

Read More

Israel elections round five: The least bad alternative

There’s no reason Bennett and Sa’ar can’t join forces and create a collaborative right-wing party that would be a worthy alternative to Netanyahu’s Likud.


Lapid, Gantz rising in first election polls after Gaza conflict

Both the N12 and Channel 13 polls found that Netanyahu would have an even harder time forming a government if elections were held today.

47% of Israelis support a Lapid-Bennett led government - poll

Were Israel to hold direct elections for prime minister today, some 37% of Israelis would vote for Netanyahu and 23% for Lapid.

New Bennett shaming campaign aims to build Netanyahu coalition

The campaign is funded by Australian mining magnate Rabbi Joseph Gutnick, whose "Netanyahu is good for the Jews" campaign helped him win the 1996 election.

Gideon Sa'ar, Benjamin Netanyahu and Naftali Bennett: Potential candidates for prime minister, 2021

Netanyahu set to offer Bennett, Sa'ar PM rotation today

Netanyahu has offered a rotation as prime minister to Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin (Likud), Shas leader Arye Deri and Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz, but none of the offers were taken seriously.

Naftali Bennett, head of Yamina party and party members seen with Yamina supporters at the party hea

Naftali Bennett to Liberman: No deal on ultra-Orthodox

"Bennett will not accept a boycott of haredim or any other group in Israel," a Yamina spokesperson said.


PM blasts Bennett after call for unity government

Netanyahu says he'd be opposition leader, won't seek presidency


Why did Ayelet Shaked meet Mossad chief Cohen week before election?

The purpose of the meeting though so close to elections, did raise eyebrows.

Subscribe for our daily newsletter
Subscribe for our daily newsletter

By subscribing I accept the terms of use and privacy policy