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|Israeli Legislative election, 2009|
All 120 seats
|First Party||Second Party||Third Party|
|Leader||Tzipi Livni||Benjamin Netanyahu||Avigdor Lieberman|
|Last election||29||12||11 Seats|
|Fourth Party||Fifth Party|
|Leader||Ehud Barak||Eli Yishai|
|Last election||19 Seats||12 Seats|
Incumbent Prime Minister
The Israeli 2009 Legislative(Knesset) elections is to occur on February 10th 2009. These elections would have occurred in 2010 had not the Prime Minister resigned, due to the failure of an attempt to form a coalition government. Netanyahu's Likud is to head the coaltiion government, despite having one less seat then Kadima. This is due to the fact that right wing parties have more seats then other parties.
The traditional distinction between the Israeli left and the right has been blurred, with both the voters and the main candidates gravitating toward the center. Their was an attempt to ban the Arab parties from the election after the debacle in Gaza but the Israeli Supreme Court over turned this action.
Political Parties Running Edit
Opinion Polls Before Election Edit
The most opinion polls predicted that Likud will most likely be the biggest winner. Most also predicted Labor losing considerable power and the ultra-right wing parties gaining more power as a consequence of the Gaza Strip Conflict.
The polls predicted these results
Kadima: 25 Seats(-)
Yisrael Beiteinu: 18 Seats(+)
Labor: 14 Seats(-)
All Arab Parties: 11 Seats(+)
Shas: 9 Seats(-)
Jewish Home-National Union: 6 Seats(in total) (-)
United Torah Judaism: 6 Seats (Same)
Gil: 0 Seats (-)
The elections occurred on the 10th. The Labor was forced back to 4th place and nationalists will gain far more power.  Both Likud and Kadima claimed victory at this point and final results where still pending. After all the results came in some Kadima officials said "we won the battle but lost the war." Kadima managed to keep most of their seats but Anti-Ageism party Gil lost all 7 of theirs. Labor lost 6 seats. The process of coalition building will begin soon. Kadima preformed better then expected and Likud and Yisrael Benitseu preformed slightly worse then expected.
Likud, despite having one less seat then Kadima, will lead the new government. This is has occurred due to right-wing parties getting more seats then moderate and left wing ones. Netanyahu is encouraging moderates to join his coalition. 
Dov Kenin, a Hadash MP, described the results like this
The elections gave an electoral picture of the complete deadlock of the Labour and Kadima government, in both political and social-economic issues. So Israeli voters really punished both Kadima and Labour, and elected a right wing government, without any real enhusiasm. The moderate zionists including Meretz fared very badly
Coalition Creation Edit
On 16 March 2009, Netanyahu signed a coalition agreement with Yisrael Beitenu, then got an extension of the coalition negotation deadline from 20 March to 3 April 2009; he then signed a coalition agreement with Shas on 22 March 2009,[ and on 24 March 2009 it appeared he had been able to secure the support of the Labor Party, though large parts of the party remained sceptical about this, accusing Barak of only being interested in his own benefits under the deal. Labor's party commitee approved the deal with 680 to 507 votes in favour on the same day.On 25 March 2009, The Jewish Home also joined the coalition.
On March 30, in accordance with the Israeli Basic Law: the government, Netanyahu has officially informed Israeli President, Shimon Peres, and acting speaker of the Knesset (parliament), Michael Eitan, that he was able to form a Government, and the Knesset was set to convene on 31 March 2009, in order to vote on the government in a "Vote of Confidence" and to be sworn in thereafter . The 32nd Government was approved that day by a majority of 69 lawmakers
Members of the new Coalition
- Yisrael Beitenu
- Labor Party
- Jewish Home