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Israeli Elections 2022: High Voter Turnout as Israeli Left Dissolves

70.6% of Israelis Voted – Religious Big Winners – Left Big Losers

Benjamin Netanyahu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington D.C., on March 5, 2018. Photo by Haim Zach GPO

On Thursday night the final results from Tuesday’s Israeli elections were revealed. Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing block won a majority of 64 seats in the Knesset and Netanyahu should soon return to office as prime minister of Israel.

Netanyahu was the prime minister from 2009 to 2021 and from 1996 to 1999.

US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides congratulated Benjamin Netanyahu on his victory Thursday evening. Nides described the conversation as a “good call just now with Benjamin Netanyahu” in a Tweet.

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Nides said that he was “looking forward” to working together to” maintain the unbreakable bond” between the US and Israel.

However, reports indicate that Washington is not too happy with the expected makeup of Israel’s new government and is hoping that members of the right-wing Religious Zionism party are not involved in Israeli foreign policy.

The overall voter turnout in the 2022 elections was high.

Out of 6,788,804 eligible voters, 4,793,641 cast legal ballots. This came to 70.6% of the electorate.

Of these, 29,947 votes were voided because their envelopes were either empty or contained an unofficial ballot.

This left a total of 4,763,694 legitimate and counted ballots.

With a minimum threshold of 3.25% needed to enter the Knesset, the minimum number of votes needed to do so was 154,820.

Each mandate in the new Knesset equals 36,213.66 votes. This figure is based on the total votes for parties that passed the minimum threshold for entering the Knesset.

418,055 votes went to parties that did not pass the minimum threshold.

The biggest loser was the left-wing Meretz Party which failed to pass the minimum threshold of 3.25% of the vote for entering the Knesset. The party has 6 seats in the outgoing Knesset and was elected to the Knesset in every previous race since 1992 when it was first formed as an amalgam of 3 left-wing parties.

Combined, the left-wing parties lost 9 seats in the Knesset between them.

Former Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s Yamina Party also ceases to exist with these elections.

Number of Knesset Seats won by the parties that will be represented in the next Knesset:

Likud: 32
Yesh Atid: 24
Religious Zionism: 14
National Union: 12
Shas: 11
United Tora Judaism: 7
Yisrael Beitenu: 6
Ra’am: 5
Hadash Ta’al: 5
Labor: 4



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