Results of the 2003 Election

(January 28, 2003)



Total number of ballot boxes counted: 7,697
Total number of registered voters: 4,720,074
Total Ballots: 3,200,773
Invalid Ballots: 52,409
Valid Ballots: 3,148,364
Number of votes for qualifying threshold: 44,750
Number of votes per Knesset seat: 23,860



Votes by party list:

LIST No. of seats No. of votes % of votes
 
Likud 38 925,279 29.4%
Labor-Meimad 19 455,183 14.5%
Shinui 15 386,535 12.3%
Shas 11 258,879 8.2%
National Unity 7 173,973 5.5%
Meretz 6 164,122 5.2%
National Religious Party 6 132,370 4.2%
Torah and Shabbat Judaism 5 135,087 4.3%
Hadash 3 93,819 3.0%
Am Ehad 3 86,808 2.8%
National Democratic Assembly (Balad) 3 71,299 2.3%
Yisrael Ba'aliya 2 67,719 2.2%
United Arab List 2 65,551 2.1%


Note: The remaining lists obtained less than the required minimum for election (1.5% of the total vote):

LIST   No. of votes % of votes
 
Green Leaf Party   37,855 1.0%
Herut   36,202 1.1%
Progressive National Alliance   20,571 0.7%
Green Party   12,833 0.4%
Yisrael Aheret   7,144 0.2%
Ahavat Yisrael   5,468 0.2%
Tzomet   2,023 0.1%
Center Party   1,961 0.1%
Organization for Democratic Action   1,925 0.1%
Citizen and State   1,566 <0.1%
Men's Rights in the Family   1,284 <0.1%
Lahava   1,181 <0.1%
Za'am   894 <0.1%
Leeder   833 <0.1%

Coalition Possibilities

Party Ideology Leader Seats 1999 Seats 2003
(change)
Center-Right and Religious Bloc: 69
Center-Right Parties 47
Likud Will talk peace with Palestinians only after a cessation of violence Ariel Sharon 19 38
(+19)
National Union No Palestinian state Avigdor Lieberman 7 7
Yisrael b'Aliyah Palestinian state only if democratic Natan Sharansky 6 2
(-4)
Center-Right Religious Parties 22
Shas Ultra-Orthodox and traditional Sephardim Eli Yishai 17 11
(-6)
United Torah Judaism Ultra-Orthodox Ashkenazim Yaakov Litzman 5 5
National Religious Party Religious Zionism, emphasizing army service and the Land of Israel Effi Eitam 5 6
(+1)
 
Center, Center-Left, and Arab Party Bloc: 51
Center-Left Parties 25
Labor Resume talks on Palestinian statehood before end to violence Amram Mitzna 26 19
(-7)
Meretz Withdrawal to 1967 borders Yossi Sarid 10 6
(-4)
Center Parties 18
Shinui Separation of religion and state Yosef Lapid 6 15
(+9)
Am Ehad - One Nation Workers' rights Amir Peretz 2 3
(+1)
Arab Parties 8
United Arab List-Ra'am Dominated by Islamic movement, supports Palestinian state Abdulmalek Dehamshe 5 2
(-3)
Hadash-Ta'al Formerly Communist party, supports Palestinian state Mohammad Barakeh 4 3
(-1)
Balad Cultural autonomy for Arabs, supports Palestinian state Azmi Bishara 1 3
(+2)

 


Sources: Israeli Foreign Ministry, The Knesset, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, (January 29, 2003)