How and Why Israelis Vote

A primer on the state of play of Israeli politics, how Israel’s electoral system shapes (and warps) priorities, and why Netanyahu has reason to be worried about his new rival.

Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu on an election billboard in Tel Aviv in March 2019. The Hebrew reads “Who will bring back our soldiers?” JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images.

Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu on an election billboard in Tel Aviv in March 2019. The Hebrew reads “Who will bring back our soldiers?” JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images.

Essay
April 1 2019
About the author

Haviv Rettig Gur is the senior analyst for the Times of Israel.


Twenty years ago, in the post-Oslo 1990s, an Israeli voter knew where he or she stood.

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