Sa’ar’s New Hope, Naftali Bennett’s Yamina sign surplus vote-sharing deal

Gideon Sa’ar’s New Hope party and Naftali Bennett’s Yamina have signed a surplus vote-sharing agreement ahead of the March election.

Vote-sharing agreements, which are widely used in Israeli elections, allow parties to ensure that extra votes that don’t add up to enough for another Knesset seat don’t go to waste. Instead a party is permitted to transfer these votes through a special agreement with another party, if they will help that party clinch another seat.

Agreements are usually signed between parties that are politically or ideologically close.

Gideon Sa’ar seen during a visit to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem on December 16, 2020 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)