1992 Israeli legislative election

Elections for the 13th Knesset were held in Israel on 23 June 1992. The election resulted in the formation of a Labor government, led by Yitzhak Rabin, helped by the failure of several small right wing parties to pass the electoral threshold.[1] Voter turnout was 77.4%.[2]

Elections for the 13th Knesset
Israel
← 1988 23 June 1992 1996 →
Party Leader % Seats ±
Labor Yitzhak Rabin 34.7% 44 +5
Likud Yitzhak Shamir 24.9% 32 -8
Meretz Shulamit Aloni 9.6% 12 +2
Tzomet Rafael Eitan 6.4% 8 +6
Mafdal Zvulun Hammer 5.0% 6 +1
Shas Aryeh Deri 4.9% 6 0
UTJ Avraham Yosef Shapira 3.3% 4 -3
Hadash Tawfiq Ziad 2.4% 3 -1
Moledet Rehavam Ze'evi 2.4% 3 +1
Mada Abdulwahab Darawshe 1.6% 2 +1
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.
Prime Minister before Prime Minister after
Yitzhak Shamir Yitzhak Shamir
Likud
Yitzhak Rabin
Labor Party
Yitzhak Rabin

Parliament factions

The table below lists the parliamentary factions represented in the 12th Knesset.

Name Ideology Symbol Leader 1988 result Seats at 1991
dissolution
Votes (%) Seats
Likud National conservatism
National liberalism
מחל Yitzhak Shamir 31.1%
40 / 120
40 / 120
Labor Social democracy אמת Yitzhak Rabin 30.0%
39 / 120
38 / 120
Shas Religious conservatism
Populism
שס Aryeh Deri 4.7%
6 / 120
5 / 120
Agudat Yisrael Religious conservatism ג Moshe Ze'ev Feldman 4.5%
5 / 120
4 / 120
Ratz Social democracy
Secularism
רצ Shulamit Aloni 4.3%
5 / 120
6 / 120
Mafdal Religious Zionism ב Avner Shaki 3.9%
5 / 120
5 / 120
Hadash Communism
Socialism
ו Meir Vilner 3.7%
4 / 120
4 / 120
Tehiya Ultranationalism
Revisionist Zionism
ת Yuval Ne'eman
Geula Cohen
3.1%
3 / 120
3 / 120
Mapam Labor Zionism
Socialism
מפם Yair Tzaban 2.5%
3 / 120
3 / 120
Tzomet Nationalism
Agrarianism
ץ Rafael Eitan 2.0%
2 / 120
2 / 120
Moledet Ultranationalism ט Rehavam Ze'evi 1.9%
2 / 120
2 / 120
Shinui Liberalism
Centrism
הן Amnon Rubinstein 1.7%
2 / 120
2 / 120
Degel HaTorah Religious conservatism עץ Avraham Ravitz 1.5%
2 / 120
2 / 120
PLFP Pro-peace פ Mohammed Miari 1.5%
1 / 120
1 / 120
Mada Israeli Arab Interests עם Abdulwahab Darawshe 1.2%
1 / 120
1 / 120
Moria Ultra-Orthodox interest - Yitzhak Peretz -
0 / 120
1 / 120
Geulat Yisrael Mizrahi ultra-Orthodox interest קל Eliezer Mizrahi -
0 / 120
1 / 120

Results

 
The Labor Party chairman Yitzhak Rabin. After winning the 1992 elections, Rabin managed to form the first Labor-led government in 15 years, supported by a coalition with Meretz, a left-wing party, and Shas, a Mizrahi ultra-orthodox religious party.
 
PartyVotes%Seats+/–
Labor Party906,81034.6544+5
Likud651,22924.8932−8
Meretz250,6679.5812+2
Tzomet166,3666.368+6
National Religious Party129,6634.956+1
Shas129,3474.9460
United Torah Judaism86,1673.294−3
Hadash62,5462.393−1
Moledet62,2692.383+1
Arab Democratic Party40,7881.562+1
Tehiya31,9571.220−3
Progressive List for Peace24,1810.920−1
New Liberal Party16,6690.640New
Geulat Yisrael12,8510.490New
Da11,6970.450New
Pensioners, Immigrants and Senior Citizens8,3270.320New
Movement for Mortgage Affected, Homeless and Demobilised Soldiers5,9620.2300
Pikanti3,7500.140New
Torah VeAretz3,7080.140New
On Wheels3,3550.130New
Women's Party2,8860.110New
Hatikva2,0530.080New
Natural Law Party1,7340.070New
Tali1,3360.050New
Tzipor5230.020New
Total2,616,841100.001200
Valid votes2,616,84199.20
Invalid/blank votes21,1020.80
Total votes2,637,943100.00
Registered voters/turnout3,409,01577.38
Source: IDI, Nohlen et al.

Aftermath

Labour's Yitzhak Rabin formed the twenty-fifth government on 13 July 1992, including Meretz and Shas in his coalition, which had 17 ministers. Hadash and the Arab Democratic Party also supported the government despite not being coalition members. Shas left the coalition in September 1993, and Yiud joined in January 1995.

Rabin's government advanced the peace process to unprecedented levels; the Oslo Accords were signed with Yasser Arafat's PLO in 1993 and the Israel–Jordan peace treaty in 1994. The government's willingness to make peace with Syria and concede the Golan Heights led to Avigdor Kahalani and Emanuel Zisman leaving the party to form the Third Way.

After Rabin's assassination on 4 November 1995, Shimon Peres took over as Prime Minister and formed a new government on 22 November 1995. His coalition was the same as before; Labor, Meretz and Yiud. Peres called early elections in 1996 in order to seek a mandate to continue the peace process,[3] in which he lost.

The Knesset term saw several defections; two MKs left the Labor Party to establish the Third Way, whilst Nava Arad also left the party. Two MKs left Likud to establish Gesher, whilst Efraim Gur also left the party. Three MKs left Tzomet to establish Yiud; one MK then left Yiud to establish Atid. Yosef Azran left Shas. One MK left Moldet to establish Yamin Yisrael, whilst Yosef Ba-Gad also left the party. United Torah Judaism split into Agudat Yisrael (two seats) and Degel HaTorah (two seats).

References

  1. ^ "The 1992 Knesset Elections Revisited" Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
  2. ^ Dieter Nohlen, Florian Grotz & Christof Hartmann (2001) Elections in Asia: A data handbook, Volume I, p. 128 ISBN 0-19-924958-X
  3. ^ "Memory of Rabin likely to influence Israeli elections" CNN, 5 February 1996

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