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Israel Election 2006 All Updates
Thursday, March 30, 2006
Official Results with 100% of the votes counted.

Kadima 29 seats
Labor-Meimad Party 20 seats
Shas 12 seats
Yisrael Beiteinu 11 seats
Likud 12 seats
National Union 9 seats
Gil 7 seats
Torah Judaism & Shabbat 6 seats
Balad 3 seats
Hadash 3 seats
Meretz 5 seats
Ra'am Ta'al 3 seats

Aleh Yarok 0 seats
Brit Olam 0 seats
D'am 0 seats
Green Party 0 seats
Hazit 0 seats
Herut 0 seats
Hetz 0 seats
Lev 0 seats
Lechem 0 seats
Leidar 0 seats
National Arab Party 0 seats
New Zionist Party 0 seats
Oz La'anim 0 seats
One Future 0 seats
Shinui 0 seats
Tafnit 0 seats
Tsedek L'Kol 0 seats
Tsomet 0 seats
War Against The Banks Party 0 seats

Tuesday, March 28, 2006
22:00 Exit Polls:
Channel 1 : Kadima 29, Labor 22, Yisrael Beitenu 14
Channel 10 : Kadima 31, Labor 20, Likud 12, Yisrael Beitenu 12
Channel 2 : Kadima 32, Labor 22, Yisrael Beitenu 13, Likud 11

20:00 By 8pm only 57% of votes have been cast. This compares to 62.8% in 2003.

18:00 By 6pm only 47% of votes have been cast. This compares to 52.8% in 2003.

16:00 By 4pm only 39% of votes have been cast. This compares to 44.2% in 2003.

14:00 By 2pm only 30.9% of votes have been cast. This compares lower than in 2003 which was 35.3% at this time. Experts are predicting the lowest turnout ever in Israeli elections.

07:00 Voting is underway for th 17th Knesset. In 8,280 locations across Israel, Polling Stations opened at 7am for the 5,014,622 eligible voters. They will remain open until 10pm.

Sunday, March 26, 2006
Eligible voters must present one of the following identification documents when voting:
  • ID Card with Photo (Te'udat zehut)
  • Valid Israeli Passport with Photo
  • Valid Israeli Driver's license with photo,
  • Knesset member's certificate.
Monday, March 20, 2006
The following surplus votes agreements have been made:
  • Labor-Meimad with Meretz
  • Shas with Agudat Yisrael-Degel Hatorah
  • Hadash with Balad-National Democtratic Assembly
  • Yisrael Beitenu with Likud
Kadima has not signed a surplus vote agreement with any party.
Monday, March 20, 2006
According to the election law, the right of free transport applies to eligible voters who on Election Day are in a locality over 20km in distance from the area of jurisdiction of the locality where the polling station at which they should vote is situated.
Friday, March 17, 2006
El Al and Israir are offering special cheap flight deals for Israelis living in the USA who want to come back to Israel for a short trip in order to cast their vote. In Israel Election law there is no postal votes.
Friday, March 10, 2006
The following people have the right to vote for this election. He/She had held Israel citizenship since 2/2/06. He/She is reached the age of 18 years old no later than 28/3/88. His/Her name and address appears on the Population Registry as of 8/2/06
Thursday, March 9, 2006
Poll (Dialog for Channel 10 - Haaretz): Kadima 37 Seats, Labor 19 Seats, Likud 17 Seats, Shas 10 Seats, National Union 10 Seats, Yisrael Beiteinu 8 Seats
Thursday, March 9, 2006
According to latest polls, there are 24 seats available which are attributed to floating voters.
Thursday, March 9, 2006
A total of 495,000 viewers watched the election commercials broadcast on the three main channels.
Thursday, March 2, 2006
Poll (Channel 10 - Haaretz): Kadima 37 Seats, Labor 19 Seats, Likud 15 Seats, Shas 10 Seats, National Union-NRP 11 Seats, Yisrael Beiteinu 7 Seats, United Torah Judaism 6 Seats, Meretz 6 Seats.
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Poll (Channel 10 - Haaretz): Kadima 39 Seats, Labor 19 Seats, Likud 14 Seats, Shas 9 Seats, National Union-NRP 11 Seats, Yisrael Beiteinu 7 Seats, United Torah Judaism 7 Seats, Meretz 5 Seats.
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Poll (Channel 10 - Haaretz): Kadima 40 Seats, Labor 19 Seats, Likud 13 Seats, Shas 10 Seats, National Union-NRP 10 Seats, Yisrael Beiteinu 7 Seats, United Torah Judaism 6 Seats, Meretz 5 Seats.
Monday, February 13, 2006
If elected, Labor will raise the minimum wage to $1,000 per month and reduce unemployment to five percent.
Saturday, February 11, 2006
National Union party and National Religious party have submitted a joint list of the upcoming elections. The slate will be headed by Binyamin Elon (NRP)
Friday, February 10, 2006
Hadash party submitted their list for the elections, headed by Mohammed Barakesh.

United Arab List party and Arab Renewal party are running together. It will be headed by Sheikh Ibrahim Sarsour with Ahmed Tibi in the second spot.

Shinui will be headed by Ron Levinthal

Thursday, February 9, 2006
Poll (Channel 10 - Haaretz): Kadima 43 Seats, Labor 21 Seats, Likud 13 Seats, Shas 9 Seats.
Thursday, February 9, 2006
Poll (Dialog for Channel 10 - Haaretz): Kadima 40 Seats, Labor 21 Seats, Likud 15 Seats, Shas 10 Seats
Thursday, February 9, 2006
For the first time, eligible voters who log onto www.gov.il and enter their ID number can find out online which polling station they are registered to vote for the elections and also be shown a map as to its location.
Wednesday, February 8, 2006
Hetz an acronym for Secular Zionist party (which also means arrow in Hebrew) was established by members who broke away from Shinui. The party is headed by Avraham Poraz.
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Kadima announces its Knesset List: 1st Ehud Olmert, 2nd Shimon Peres, 3rd Tzipi Livni, 4th Meir Sheetrit, 5th Avi Dichter
Thursday, January 26, 2006
Poll (Channel 10 - Haaretz): Kadmia 44 seats, Labor 21 seats, Likud 14 seats
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Yossi Lapid resigns as chairman of Shinui, the secular party.
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Poll (Channel 1): Kadima 39 seats, Labor 22 seats, Likud 15 seats, Shas 10 seats, National Unity 9 seats.
Monday, January 23, 2006
If elected, Labor party leader Amir Peretz says he will raise the minimum wage and old age benefits without imposing new taxes.

Likud party leader Benjamin Netanyahu says he's willing to give up terriroty for Peace.

Friday, January 20, 2006
Poll (Channel 10 - Haaretz): Kadmia 41 seats, Labor 19 seats, Likud 17 seats
Thursday, January 19, 2006
Labor party primaries results: 1st: Isaac Herzog, 2nd: Ophir Pines, 3rd: Professor Avishay Braverman
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was unanimously appointed acting chair of Kadima by the party's Knesset faction.
Wednesday, January 4, 2006
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffers a second, more serious stroke. His authority is transferred to Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Following internal Likud elections for a leader, Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu won the vote and will lead the Likud into the 2006 Elections.
Thursday, December 1, 2005
At the age of 82, Shimon Peres has decided to quit the Labor party and join forces with Ariel Sharon's Kadmina party.
Thursday, November 24, 2005
Ariel Sharon registered his new party today which is to be named Kadima, which means Forward in Hebrew.
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Today, President Katzav signed the order to dissolve the Knesset. Israel's early General Election for the 17th Knesset will take place on March 28, 2005.

Haim Ramon has announced he is to quit Labor and join Ariel Sharon's new party.

Monday, November 21, 2005
In a dramatic but somewhat expected move, Ariel Sharon has decided to quit the Likud and establish a new political party taking with him 12-14 Likud MKs including Finance Minister Ehud Olmert, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, and Ministers Avraham Hirschon, Meir Sheetrit and Gideon Ezra.

Sharon will then ask the president Moshe Katsav to dissolve the Knesset. As per the law, elections will then take place within 90 days. March 28 2006 is the expected date.

Friday, November 18, 2005
In November 2005, Amir Peretz became the newly-elected leader Israel's Labor Party ousting the veteran Shimon Peres who was currently serving a vice-Prime Minister of the Ariel Sharon Likud led coalition. Peretz has called for immediate early elections and in the coming days, the current government will be dissolved and a date set for elections which is expected to take place in March / April 2006.

Ariel Sharon, the current Prime Minister and leader of Likud party will shortly decide if we will race again for the leadership of the Likud against his rival and ex-Prime Minister Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu or split the Likud (which he helped establish) and form a new right of centralist party.

The 2006 Israel Elections are anticipated to be momentous in the history of the State of Israel changing once more the political landscape. Amir Peretz has said he will fight the election on poverty and not the Peace Process.

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