eTeacher helps you understand the upcoming Israeli elections (photo: Courtesy)
As the elections near, it is time for everyone to make a choice and decide who they are going to vote for. Here, we’ll discuss the three largest parties: Likud, HaAvoda, and HaBait HaYehudi.
Likud (“ליכוד”) means “consolidation” or “unification”. It is the largest right-wing party in Israel and was founded by Menachem Begin, the 6th prime minister, in 1973. In 2005, Likud split when their leader, Ariel Sharon, the 11th prime minister, left and formed a new political party, Kadima (“קדימה”, which means “forward”).
HaAvoda (“העבודה”) means “the labor”. It was founded in 1919 while Israel was under British control. It was called “Ahdut HaAvoda” (“אחדות העבודה”), which means “the unity of labor”. It was originally led by David Ben-Gurion, who would later become the first prime minister of Israel.
HaBait HaYehudi (“הבית היהודי”) means “the Jewish home”. It is a right-wing political party led by Naftali Bennet, the current Minister of Economy. In the 2013 elections, HaBait HaYehudi won 12 seats, had 3 ministers and 2 deputy ministers.
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