1999 Israeli general election

  • 1999 israeli general election

    17 may 1999
    turnout78.7%
    prime ministerial election
    ← 1996
    2001 →
      ehud barak face.jpg benjamin netanyahu.jpg
    candidate ehud barak benjamin netanyahu
    party one israel likud
    popular vote 1,791,020 1,402,474
    percentage 56.1% 43.9%

    prime minister before election

    benjamin netanyahu
    likud

    elected prime minister

    ehud barak
    one israel

    knesset election

    ← 1996
    2003 →
    party leader % seats ±
    one israel ehud barak 20.3% 26 -11
    likud benjamin netanyahu 14.1% 19 -8
    shas aryeh deri 13.0% 17 +7
    meretz yossi sarid 7.6% 10 +1
    yisrael baaliyah natan sharansky 5.1% 6 -1
    shinui yosef lapid 5.0% 6 new
    centre party yitzhak mordechai 5.0% 6 new
    mafdal yitzhak levi 4.2% 5 -4
    utj meir porush 3.7% 5 +1
    united arab list abdulmalik dehamshe 3.4% 5 -1
    national union benny begin 3.0% 4 new
    hadash mohammad barakeh 2.6% 3 -1
    yisrael beiteinu avigdor lieberman 2.6% 4 new
    balad azmi bishara 1.9% 2 +1
    one nation amir peretz 1.9% 2 new
    this lists parties that won seats. see the complete results below.
    speaker of the knesset before speaker of the knesset after
    dan tichon dan tichon
    likud
    avraham burg
    one israel
    avraham burg

    early general elections for both the prime minister and the knesset were held in israel on 17 may 1999 following a vote of no confidence in the government; the incumbent likud prime minister benjamin netanyahu, ran for re-election.

    this election was only the second time in israeli history an election had been held for the prime minister's post in addition to elections for the knesset. the first such election, in 1996 had been an extremely tight contest between likud's benjamin netanyahu on the right, and labor's shimon peres on the left; the right had won by less than one percent (about 29,000 votes).

    ehud barak, promising to storm the citadels of peace regarding negotiations with the palestinians and withdraw from lebanon by july 2000,[1][2] won the election in a landslide victory.

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1999 Israeli general election

17 May 1999
Turnout78.7%
Prime ministerial election
← 1996
2001 →
  Ehud Barak Face.jpg Benjamin Netanyahu.jpg
Candidate Ehud Barak Benjamin Netanyahu
Party One Israel Likud
Popular vote 1,791,020 1,402,474
Percentage 56.1% 43.9%

Prime Minister before election

Benjamin Netanyahu
Likud

Elected Prime Minister

Ehud Barak
One Israel

Knesset election

← 1996
2003 →
Party Leader % Seats ±
One Israel Ehud Barak 20.3% 26 -11
Likud Benjamin Netanyahu 14.1% 19 -8
Shas Aryeh Deri 13.0% 17 +7
Meretz Yossi Sarid 7.6% 10 +1
Yisrael BaAliyah Natan Sharansky 5.1% 6 -1
Shinui Yosef Lapid 5.0% 6 New
Centre Party Yitzhak Mordechai 5.0% 6 New
Mafdal Yitzhak Levi 4.2% 5 -4
UTJ Meir Porush 3.7% 5 +1
United Arab List Abdulmalik Dehamshe 3.4% 5 -1
National Union Benny Begin 3.0% 4 New
Hadash Mohammad Barakeh 2.6% 3 -1
Yisrael Beiteinu Avigdor Lieberman 2.6% 4 New
Balad Azmi Bishara 1.9% 2 +1
One Nation Amir Peretz 1.9% 2 New
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.
Speaker of the Knesset before Speaker of the Knesset after
Dan Tichon Dan Tichon
Likud
Avraham Burg
One Israel
Avraham Burg

Early general elections for both the Prime Minister and the Knesset were held in Israel on 17 May 1999 following a vote of no confidence in the government; the incumbent Likud Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, ran for re-election.

This election was only the second time in Israeli history an election had been held for the Prime Minister's post in addition to elections for the Knesset. The first such election, in 1996 had been an extremely tight contest between Likud's Benjamin Netanyahu on the right, and Labor's Shimon Peres on the left; the right had won by less than one percent (about 29,000 votes).

Ehud Barak, promising to storm the citadels of peace regarding negotiations with the Palestinians and withdraw from Lebanon by July 2000,[1][2] won the election in a landslide victory.