With the Israeli general election due to take place on 9 April, MEMO takes a look at the major political parties, their top candidates and campaign promises on key topics affecting the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Click the "more about the party" buttons below to see a summary of each party's manifesto and what the party leaders have said about Jerusalem, the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip. Stay tuned for updates as election day nears.
Just hours before the deadline to submit party listings on 21 February, the Israel Resilience party (Hosen L’Yisrael) and Yesh Atid announced that they had reached an agreement to run together in the upcoming general election, calling their merged list the Blue and White (Kahol Lavan) alliance.
Under the agreement the two parties’ leaders - Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid - will rotate the premiership, with Gantz first serving as prime minister for 2.5 years and Lapid then serving for a further 2.5 years.
The agreement also saw former Chief of Staff of the Israeli army, Gabi Ashkenazi, join the ticket. In what will be seen as a coup for the two centrist parties, it is thought that Ashkenazi will bring with him a substantial Mizrahi (Middle Eastern Jewish) vote given his family heritage.
Kahol Lavan is now thought to be the biggest threat to incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party’s dominance of the Knesset. However, it is as yet unclear whether the alliance will win enough seats to be tasked with forming the government after 9 April.
The Union of Right-Wing parties was formed as an alliance between the Jewish Home, National Union and Jewish Power (Otzma Yehudit) parties, and will now run on a joint ticket in the upcoming general election on 9 April.
The Union was formed as part of a deal orchestrated by incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who, fearing an increasingly emboldened centre-left, sought to bolster the right-wing bloc that could support him if he is re-elected and tasked with forming a government.
The Union supports overtly religious-Zionist ideas and is in favour of increased illegal settlement in the occupied West Bank and the annexation of Area C. Several of its prominent members have close ties to the illegal settlement movement, meaning the alliance is likely to play to this electorate in the weeks running up to the election.