Israel’s 2021 Elections: The Parties and their Policies by Ittay Flescher

Israel’s 2021 Elections: The Parties and their Policies by Ittay Flescher

We break down where each party stands on critical issues

Unlike Israel’s previous elections where the left-right divide regarding the two-state solution, or one’s views on Netanyahu have been the key dividing issue, in this election, the status of Haredim seems to be the key issue dividing the different parties.

While the other two are still factors, the lack of adherence to COVID-19 restrictions by certain Ultra-Orthodox rabbis has put Haredi communities – which make up 10% of the total Israeli population – under the microscope like never before since the 2003 election where the Shinui party won 15 seats.

A January 26 survey by Channel 12 news found that 61% of Israelis, and 52% of right-wing voters, want the next coalition to exclude ultra-Orthodox parties, reflecting how the pandemic has made the autonomy enjoyed by Israel’s Haredim a top issue, with broad implications.

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