The 1999 Israeli Election: Party Update


Parties Registered

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):

Registered Parties
(Listed by date of registration)

1. THE ISRAEL LABOUR PARTY
2. LIKUD - Liberal National Movement
3. MERETZ (Comprised of the Ratz, Mapam and Shinui parties)
4. TZOMET - The Movement for Renewed Zionism
5. SHAS - The World Association of Torah Observant Sepharadim
6. THE NATIONAL RELIGIOUS PARTY - Mizrachi/HaPoel Mizrachi of Israel
7. UNITED TORAH JUDAISM (Comprised of Agudat Israel & Degel HaTorah)
8. THE ISRAEL COMMUNIST PARTY
9. MOLEDET - The Movement of the 'Eretz Yisrael' Faithful
10. MADA - The Arab Democratic Party
11. YEUD - Democratic and Independent Israel
12. YEMIN ISRAEL
13. ALIYA - Together for a Renewed Israel
14. YISRAEL BA'ALIYA
15. THE THIRD WAY
16. GESHER - National Social Movement
17. THE DEMOCRATIC ACTION ORGANIZATION - DAAS
18. MORESHET AVOT (Tradition of the Patriarchs)
19. UNITY FOR ALIYAH - National Democratic Movement
20. THE ARAB MOVEMENT FOR RENEWAL
21. AL-TAJAMMU' AL-WATANI AL-DEMOKRATI (National Democratic
Coalition)
23. MEN'S FAMILY RIGHTS - RAASH
24. THE ARAB ISLAMIC PARTY
25. ISRAELI PENSIONERS TO THE KNESSET - GIL
26. THE PROGRESSIVE CONFEDERATION
27. THE HITYASHVUT (Settlement) PARTY
28. THE GREEN PARTY - for Quality of Life and Environment in Israel
29. ATID (Future)
30. THE ARAB UNION LIST
31. THE PNINA ROSENBLUM PARTY

Parties with Registration Pending
(Listed by date of registration request)

1. KOL HASVIVA (the Voice of the Environment)
2. HERUT - The National Movement
3. TEKUMA (Revival)
4. MIFLEGET HOK HATEVA (The Law of Nature Party)
5. YITZUG SHAVEH - YESH (Equal Representation)
6. MEIMAD - A Jewish State, a Democratic State
7. AM EHAD (One Nation) LED BY AMIR PERETZ
8. YISRAEL AHAT (One Israel)
9. YISRAEL BEITEINU (Israel Our Home)
10. THE PROGRESSIVE CENTER PARTY - FOUNDED BY ROMANIAN IMMIGRANTS
11. KOAH LAGIMLAIM (Power to Pensioners)
12. CASINO
13. THE NEGEV PARTY
14. THE 'NEW ARAB' PARTY
15. MIFLEGET ALEH YAROK (The Green Leaf Party)
16. THE NATIONAL UNITY PARTY
17. AHDUT YISRAEL (Israel Unity)
18. LEV - OLIM (Immigrants) FOR ISRAEL
19. THE CENTER PARTY
20. OTZMAH V'TIKVA LASHCHUNOT (Strength and Hope for the [Poor] Neighborhoods)
21. MANHIGUT YEHUDIT L'YISRAEL (Jewish Leadership for Israel)

Likud

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
2. Science Minister Silvan Shalom
3. Tourism Minister Moshe Katzav
4. Communications Minister Limor Livnat
5. MK Meir Sheetrit
6. MK Gideon Ezra
7. MK Naomi Blumenthal
8. Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon
9. MK Uzi Landau
10. MK Reuven Rivlin
11. Former Cabinet Secretary Dani Naveh
12. Justice Minister Tzahi Hanegbi
13. MK Yisrael Katz
14. Deputy Minister Michael Eitan
15. Health Minister Yehoshua Matza
16. MK Avraham Hirchzon
17. Tzipi Livne (women's slot)
18. Ayoub Kara (minorities' slot)
19. Prof. Yuval Steinetz
20. MK Zeev Boim
21. Minister without Portfolio Shaul Amor
22. Eli Cohen
23. Zeev Geyzel
24. Gila Gamliel
25. Gilad Ardan
26. Defense Minister Moshe Arens

Center Party

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
2. Amnon Shahak
3. Dan Meridor
4. Roni Milo
5. Uri Savir
6. Dalia Rabin-Pelossof
7. Nehama Ronen
8. MK David Magen
9. Dr. Yehiel Lasri
10. To be decided
11. Svetlana Alexandrova
12. To be decided
13. To be decided
14. Manuela Dviri
15. Eran Weintraub
16. Shmuel Slavin
17. Arab representative to be decided
18. Amal Asad
19. Maoziya Segel
20. Dudu Mor

Labour

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)
2. MK Shimon Peres (reserved)
3. MK Shlomo Ben-Ami (national)
4. MK Yossi Beilin (national)
5. Matan Vilnai (national)
6. Avraham Burg (national)
7. MK Raanan Cohen (reserved, Party Secretary-General)
8. MK Uzi Baram (national)
9. MK Dali Itzik (woman/national)
10. MK Binyamin Ben-Eliezer (national)
11. MK Haim Ramon (national)
12. MK Elie Goldschmidt (national)
13. MK Avraham Shochat (national)
14. MK Yael Dayan (woman/national)
15. MK Ophir Pines-Paz (national)
16. MK Ephraim Sneh (national)
17. MK Nawaf Mazalha (Arab sector)
18. MK Avi Yechezkel (Central district)
19. MK Sofa Landver (Immigrant sector)
20. MK Saleh Tarif (Druze sector)
21. Shalom Simhon (Moshavim sector)
22. MK Yossi Katz (Haifa district)
23. Shiri Weizman (Negev district)
24. MK Eli Ben-Menachem (poor neighborhoods/national)
25. Colette Avital (woman/national)
26. MK Ephraim Oshaya (Sharon/Samaria district)
27. MK Micha Goldman (Galilee/North district)
28. MK Eitan Cabel (Dan district)
29. Orit Noked (Kibbutz sector)
30. Tzali Reshef (Jerusalem district)

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.

Meretz

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
2. MK Ran Cohen
3. MK Haim Oron
4. MK Amnon Rubinstein
5. MK Anat Maor
6. Zehava Gal-On
7. Vilan Avshalom
8. Ilan Gilon
9. MK Naomi Chazan
10. Husseina Jabarra
11. Mossy Raz
12. Benny Temkin

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
2. MK Shaul Yahalom
3. MK Yigal Bibi
4. Zevulun Orlev
5. Nahum Langenthal
6. MK Nissan Slomiansky
7. MK Zvi Hendel
8. Gila Finkelstein
9. MK Eliahu Gabai
10. MK Shmaryahu Bentsur

Yisrael Ba-Aliya

On February 18, Yisrael Ba-Aliya selected its candidates at a party convention:

1. MK Natan Sharansky
2. MK Yuli Edelshtein
3. MK Roman Bronfman
4. MK Marina Solodkin
5. Gennady Rigeur
6. Alexander Tsinker
7. Natasha Yelinson
8. Shlomo Mula
9. Yonatan Mishayev
10. Avi Bitaw

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.

Hadash

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
2. Eli Malka
3. MK Yehuda Harel
4. Ehud Gross
5. Dr. Miriam David
6. Moshe Danon
7. Kamel Fars
8. Rami Tzubari

Yisrael Beitenu

On March 23, Yisrael Beitenu selected its candidates. The list is headed by:

1. Avigdor Lieberman
2. MK Yuri Stern
3. MK Michael Nudleman
4. Eliezer Cohen
5. Estherina Tartleman


Source: Israeli Foreign Ministry.