1996 Israeli general election

  • 1996 israeli general election

    ← 1992 29 may 1996 1999 →
    turnout79.3%
    prime ministerial election
      benjamin netanyahu.jpg shimon peres, wjc plenary assembly, 2009.jpg
    candidate benjamin netanyahu shimon peres
    party likud labor
    popular vote 1,501,023 1,471,566
    percentage 50.5% 49.5%

    prime minister before election

    shimon peres
    labor party

    elected prime minister

    benjamin netanyahu
    likud

    knesset election

    party leader % seats ±
    labor shimon peres 26.8% 34 -10
    likudgeshertzomet benjamin netanyahu 25.1% 32 -8
    shas aryeh deri 8.5% 10 +4
    mafdal zevulun hammer 7.8% 9 +3
    meretz yossi sarid 7.4% 9 -3
    yisrael baaliyah natan sharansky 5.7% 7 new
    hadash-balad hashem mahameed 4.2% 5 +2
    utj meir porush 3.2% 4 0
    third way avigdor kahalani 3.1% 4 new
    ra'am-mada abdulmalik dehamshe 2.9% 4 +2
    moledet rehavam ze'evi 2.4% 2 -1
    this lists parties that won seats. see the complete results below.

    general elections were held in israel on 29 may 1996. for the first time, the prime minister was elected on a separate ballot from the remaining members of the knesset.

    the 1996 elections resulted in a surprise victory for benjamin netanyahu, by a margin of 29,457 votes, less than 1% of the total number of votes cast, and much smaller than the number of spoiled votes. this came after the initial exit polls had predicted a shimon peres win,[1] spawning the phrase "went to sleep with peres, woke up with netanyahu".[2] this election was peres's fourth, and last, election defeat.

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1996 Israeli general election

← 1992 29 May 1996 1999 →
Turnout79.3%
Prime ministerial election
  Benjamin Netanyahu.jpg Shimon Peres, WJC Plenary Assembly, 2009.jpg
Candidate Benjamin Netanyahu Shimon Peres
Party Likud Labor
Popular vote 1,501,023 1,471,566
Percentage 50.5% 49.5%

Prime Minister before election

Shimon Peres
Labor Party

Elected Prime Minister

Benjamin Netanyahu
Likud

Knesset election

Party Leader % Seats ±
Labor Shimon Peres 26.8% 34 -10
LikudGesherTzomet Benjamin Netanyahu 25.1% 32 -8
Shas Aryeh Deri 8.5% 10 +4
Mafdal Zevulun Hammer 7.8% 9 +3
Meretz Yossi Sarid 7.4% 9 -3
Yisrael BaAliyah Natan Sharansky 5.7% 7 New
Hadash-Balad Hashem Mahameed 4.2% 5 +2
UTJ Meir Porush 3.2% 4 0
Third Way Avigdor Kahalani 3.1% 4 New
Ra'am-Mada Abdulmalik Dehamshe 2.9% 4 +2
Moledet Rehavam Ze'evi 2.4% 2 -1
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.

General elections were held in Israel on 29 May 1996. For the first time, the prime minister was elected on a separate ballot from the remaining members of the Knesset.

The 1996 elections resulted in a surprise victory for Benjamin Netanyahu, by a margin of 29,457 votes, less than 1% of the total number of votes cast, and much smaller than the number of spoiled votes. This came after the initial exit polls had predicted a Shimon Peres win,[1] spawning the phrase "went to sleep with Peres, woke up with Netanyahu".[2] This election was Peres's fourth, and last, election defeat.