The Votes Are In …

April 14, 2019

Israel is set to have its longest-serving prime minister ever. Benjamin Netanyahu served as Israel’s prime minister for just three years in 1996, but he returned in 2009 to lead the country until this year’s elections. The voting was extremely close because his party, Likud, and the opposition, the Blue and White party, each had the same number of votes!

So what happens in this situation? To answer that, we must first understand how elections work in Israel. Citizens vote for a party, and the more votes a party gets, the more governmental seats (or a group of voting members) they occupy. To maximize seats, parties often join forces. If this were your school playground, for example, it would be like smaller teams joining together to form one giant team so they can beat the other giant team.

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But back to Israel … Netanyahu’s party received thirty-five votes and then began creating a larger group with other parties, inching up their votes to account for sixty-five seats (out of 120). His opponents—former army chiefs—finally conceded, thus confirming Netanyahu’s next term as prime minister. Netanyahu might be the winner, but he has some hard work coming up as his popularity has waned in the last few years.