Israeli Elections: A Look At The Final, Deadlocked Results

Workers count votes in Israel's national elections, at the Knesset in Jerusalem, Thursday, March 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

The final results from Israel’s fourth election in two years show a nation deeply divided over whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should remain in office, with neither side having secured a governing majority.

Israelis vote for party lists rather than candidates, and seats in the 120-member Knesset are assigned based on the percentage of the vote. No single Israeli party has ever won a 61-seat majority, so an aspiring prime minister must assemble a ruling coalition.

That often means courting fringe parties or even those on the other side of the political spectrum, offering ministries, official positions, budgets or other favors in return for their support. The negotiations usually take several weeks. If no one is able to assemble a 61-seat majority the country will go into an unprecedented fifth election later this year.

Here are the election commission’s final results:


Likud (right-wing): 30

Shas (ultra-Orthodox): 9

United Torah Judaism (ultra-Orthodox): 7

Religious Zionism (far-right): 6



Yesh Atid (centrist): 17

Blue and White (centrist): 8

Yisrael Beitenu (secular right): 7

Labor (left-wing): 7

New Hope (right-wing): 6

Joint List (Arab left-wing): 6

Meretz (left-wing): 6



Yamina (right-wing): 7

United Arab List (Arab Islamist): 4



  1. The numbers would require Likud to get the support of 2 other parties, not just 1. I think that gives Likud a major burden in forming a government, especially if Likud does not get the first opportunity to form a government. I don’t know whether this is good for the Jews, good for Israel, or good for nothing, but it is not good for Netanyahu.

    The left-wing parties need only one right-wing party to get to a majority. And of course, whoever gets a majority has to keep it long enough to do some successful governing.