The 1999 Israeli Election: Party Update
New parties wishing to participate in the upcoming Israeli elections were required to submit their registrations by February 10, 1999, in order to guarantee completion of the registration process by March 30.
The following is a list of parties that have already been registered and a list of parties that have submitted requests and are pending registration. (Note: Some parties may choose not to participate in the elections):
Parties with Registration Pending
In the primaries of the Likud party, held on Monday, January 25, among all registered party members, incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was elected to be the Likud candidate for Prime Minister in the upcoming election. He won about 80% of the vote, defeating Moshe Arens.
On Monday, February 8, 1999, the Likud party's central committee held primary elections for Knesset candidates. Some 2,376 central committee members, 89 percent of those eligible, took part in the voting, resulting in the following party list:
1. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
On Monday, January 25, the newly formed Center Party announced that former Defense Minister Mordechai will be the party's candidate for Prime Minister. With this announcement, Amnon Shahak, Dan Meridor, and Ronni Milo withdrew their candidacy for the premiership. The three have taken up the second, third and fourth positions respectively in the Center Party's list of Knesset candidates. At a press conference on Monday, the Party leadership also announced the outlines of the party platform.
On Tuesday, March 16, the Center Party announced its candidates for the Knesset:
1. Yitzhak Mordechai
On February 15, the Israel Labour Party held primary elections for Knesset candidates. In the election, about 62 percent of the approximately 163,000 registered party members cast ballots. The following is the list of Labour Party candidates elected:
1. MK Ehud Barak (reserved, Party Chairman, Candidate for PM)
The Labour Party is presently considering the option of running in the elections within the framework of an umbrella party (One Israel) which would include a number of smaller parties as well. Therefore, the final list of candidates may be expanded to included additional candidates from these smaller parties.
On Sunday, January 24, the Meretz central council elected a panel of 28 candidates for the upcoming elections. On February 9, the party will ranked the candidates in the party list, and chose the party chairman who will head the list.
On February 9, Meretz leader Yossi Sarid was reelected by the 3,000-memberparty convention. The top positions are as follows:
1. MK Yossi Sarid
National Religious Party
On Sunday, January 24, the National Religious Party central committee elected Education Minister Yitzhak Levy as the party chairman and head ofits list of Knesset candidates. It also determined that the eighth slot onthe list will be reserved for a woman candidate (on the condition that sheachieve a ranking of 15 or higher in the upcoming party primaries). Thecentral council also approved the party platform and determined that theparty primaries for the candidate list will take place on February 21.
On February 21, the NRP chose its list of candidates. The top ten are:
1. MK Yitzhak Levy
On February 18, Yisrael Ba-Aliya selected its candidates at a party convention:
1. MK Natan Sharansky
Democratic Arab Party (DAP)
At the party convention held on Saturday, February 27, the DAP selected its candidates for the Knesset. The first three places were won by MK Taleb al-Sana, Muhammad Kna'an, and Hassan Rawai. The DAP has renewed its alliance with the Islamic Movement. The first four slots on their joint list will be filled by MK Abdulmalik Dehamshe, Al-Sana, MK Tawfik Khatib and Kna'an.
On Saturday, February 27, Hadash selected its candidates. The first six on its list are: Mohammed Barakei, Issam Mahou, Tamar Gozansky, Dr. Afou Agbaria, Walid Fahoum, and Dr. Ilan Pape.
Herut, Moledet, Tekuma
On Friday, March 12, these three parties initialed a unity agreement for a joint list in the upcoming elections. The top eight places on the list are to be distributed as follows: MK Ze'ev (Benny) Begin (Herut), MK Rehavam Ze'evi (Moledet), MK Hanan Porat (Tekuma), MK Michael Kleiner (Herut), MK Benny Elon (Moledet), MK Zvi Hendel (Tekuma), Uri Ariel (Tekuma), and MK Moshe Peled (Moledet).
The Third Way
On Monday, March 15, the Third Way elected its candidates for the Knesset:
1. MK Avigdor Kahalani
On March 23, Yisrael Beitenu selected its candidates. The list is headed by:
1. Avigdor Lieberman
Source: Israeli Foreign Ministry.