Some important facts and figures about Israeli elections

A woman takes a photo of her daughter at a polling station in Rosh Haayin, Israel, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. (AP)
Updated 18 September 2019

Some important facts and figures about Israeli elections

  • The last elections in April were not conclusive and the winner of the largest block was unable to form a majority government.
  • No government in the history of Israel has been formed without a coalition with smaller parties

JERUSALEM: Polls opened at 7 a.m. for the 22nd Israeli Knesset made up of 120 members. A coalition of 61 seats is needed to set up a government. 

The two biggest parties are the Likud, headed by Benjamin Netanyahu, and Blue and White, headed by former Israeli army general Benny Gantz. 

No government in the history of Israel has been formed without a coalition with smaller parties. The current election campaign has focused on a huge split within Israel’s Jewish population based on the difference between secular and religious Jews. 

Soviet-born Avigdor Liberman who heads a small party Yisrael Beiteinu, politically is closer to Netanyahu on the right, but is extremely opposed to the religious parties which insist on a waiver from serving in the Israeli army. This makes it near impossible for Netanyahu to form a 61+ coalition.

The last elections in April were not conclusive and the winner of the largest block was unable to form a majority government.

The number of eligible voters is 6.39 million, among them nearly 1 million are Palestinian citizens of Israel. Among the voters, 14 percent are 24 years of age or younger, and 30 percent are 25-39 years old. The largest demographic of voters is between 30-59, which forms 31 percent of the electorate. One quarter of the eligible voters are over 60 years, according to official figures.

The Central Election’s Committee says 10,788 election boxes will be supervised by 3,000 civil servants hired by the Israeli central election committee. Since the last elections in April the number of eligible voters has gone up by 50,000.

Palestinian citizens of Israel hope for a rise in the percentage of voters from last April’s 46 percent which brought 10 Knesset members, when they ran on two sperate lists, to something closer to the 64 percent that voted for the joint list in the 20th Knesset and sent 13 members to the Knesset. The joint list which had broken up last April was reunited in the summer giving their leaders hope that this unity will produce better results.


UAE reports 1,083 new COVID-19 cases, a hike from the previous day

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UAE reports 1,083 new COVID-19 cases, a hike from the previous day

  • Dubai Police say 721 violations committed on beaches since March
  • Kuwait records 616 cases and 2 deaths, Oman reports 628 cases and 10 deaths

DUBAI: The UAE on Wednesday recorded 1,083 new cases of COVID-19 and one death, bringing the total to 87,530 and 406 respectively.
The Ministry of Health and Prevention said 970 cases had recovered in the previous 24 hours, bringing the total to 76,995 since the pandemic emerged.
Meanwhile, Dubai Economy said it issued four fines to shops Al-Rigga and Al- Muraqqabat areas and gave warnings to two commercial establishments for not adhering to anti COVID-19 measures.

Inspection teams have been carrying out daily tours to ensure shopping centers, open markets and commercial businesses are complying with the government’s preventative measures.
Dubai Police said on Wednesday that a total of 721 violations have been committed on beaches from March to September .
Col. Saeed Al-Madhany said “maritime security teams operate patrols on foot, motorbikes and boats to monitor the public’s adherence to the precautionary measures.

The station also uses drones equipped with hi-tech infrared cameras and loudspeakers to broadcast messages to beachgoers.
Elsewhere, Kuwait recorded 616 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 101,299, while the death toll stood at 590 after two new deaths were registered.

Oman recorded 628 new COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths, bringing the total numbers to 95,339 and 875 respectively.