In this election, 29 political parties are vying for a spot in the Knesset. Two parties are certain to finish comfortably ahead of the rest: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s Likud, and Benny Gantz‘s Blue and White.
Likud is on the right of Israeli politics, while Blue and White has positioned itself as centrist.
Both leaders know they will need to rely on the support of smaller parties to form a coalition – and about six (possibly seven) other parties are expected to cross the 3.25% electoral threshold necessary to secure representation in parliament. Two parties representing the ultra-Orthodox communities can expect to win seats.
There is also a party that positions itself to the right of Likud, called Yamina, and another to the left of Blue and White, known as Labor-Gesher-Meretz, that can both expect to secure representation. There is also an alliance of parties representing Israel’s Arab communities, the Joint List, which is confident it will finish third. Lastly, there is Yisrael Beiteinu, the party led by former Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman. He could be a kingmaker if the result is as close as polls predict.