1981 Israeli legislative election

  • elections for the 10th knesset
    israel
    ← 1977 30 june 1981 1984 →
    turnout78.5%
    party leader % seats ±
    likud menachem begin 37.1% 48 +3
    alignment shimon peres 36.6% 47 +15
    mafdal yosef burg 4.9% 6 -6
    agudat yisrael avraham yosef shapira 3.7% 4 0
    hadash meir vilner 3.4% 4 -1
    tehiya yuval ne'eman 2.3% 3 new
    tami aharon abuhatzira 2.3% 3 new
    telem moshe dayan 1.6% 2 new
    shinui amnon rubinstein 1.5% 2
    ratz shulamit aloni 1.4% 1 0
    this lists parties that won seats. see the complete results below.
    prime minister before prime minister after
    menachem begin
    likud
    menachem begin
    likud

    knesset elections were held in israel on 30 june 1981. the ruling likud won one more seat than the opposition alignment, a surprise result as opinion polls and political momentum initially suggested that the alignment would win roughly half of the votes while the likud would only get twenty percent.[1] voter turnout was 78.5%,[2] with likud receiving around ten thousand more than the alignment.[2] this elections highlighted the polarization in the country.[3]

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Elections for the 10th Knesset
Israel
← 1977 30 June 1981 1984 →
Turnout78.5%
Party Leader % Seats ±
Likud Menachem Begin 37.1% 48 +3
Alignment Shimon Peres 36.6% 47 +15
Mafdal Yosef Burg 4.9% 6 -6
Agudat Yisrael Avraham Yosef Shapira 3.7% 4 0
Hadash Meir Vilner 3.4% 4 -1
Tehiya Yuval Ne'eman 2.3% 3 New
Tami Aharon Abuhatzira 2.3% 3 New
Telem Moshe Dayan 1.6% 2 New
Shinui Amnon Rubinstein 1.5% 2
Ratz Shulamit Aloni 1.4% 1 0
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.
Prime Minister before Prime Minister after
Menachem Begin
Likud
Menachem Begin
Likud

Knesset elections were held in Israel on 30 June 1981. The ruling Likud won one more seat than the opposition Alignment, a surprise result as opinion polls and political momentum initially suggested that the Alignment would win roughly half of the votes while the Likud would only get twenty percent.[1] Voter turnout was 78.5%,[2] with Likud receiving around ten thousand more than the Alignment.[2] This elections highlighted the polarization in the country.[3]