Israeli Politics Explained – Right, Left, Elections, Netanyahu, and Everything in Between

Politics are complicated, especially Israeli politics. Why do Israelis keep having elections? What parties make up the Knesset — Israel’s parliament? A party needs at least 61 seats to form a government, but no single party has ever come close to winning that many seats, which means that parties have had to team up with one another to form a “Coalition Government.” Currently, getting those 61 seats has proved more of a challenge than ever, causing Israelis to go to the polls four times in three years. Are they stuck in an endless cycle?

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