|Prime Minister Naftali Bennett|
After over half a century in Israel, I have a pretty good idea how the political system works. I don't think it's like many others. I'm going to try to simplify it here, aiming to say how it's run in positive rather than negative sentences/points. I will try to use easy to understand terminology.
- The Israeli Political System is a parliamentary democracy.
- The Israeli Political System has only proportional representation.
- Israeli citizens vote for political parties*.
- The 120 Knesset seats are proportionately divided among the political parties that received a legally set percentage of the votes and more.
- After votes are fully counted, the political parties negotiate a coalition government, because no single party has ever gotten a majority of the Knesset seats.
- The Prime Minister is chosen/voted in by the majority of Knesset Members who generally are in the political parties that have joined the coalition.
- Coalition negotiations decide which participating political parties get which ministries, committee chairmanships and other important positions.
- When a government falls and new elections are called, the sitting government continues until after a new coalition is voted in.**
|Benny Gantz, Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett|
I hope that this explanation is clear. If you have any questions, please write in the comments.
This isn't the place/post to complain that YOU think it's a dumb system. The purpose of this post is just to explain the existing Israeli Political System.