Israel at Top of the List in Election Frequency

A digital display of the preliminary vote 104-0 on a bill to dissolve the Knesset, in the plenum on Wednesday. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

By Hamodia Staff

YERUSHALAYIM — As opposition leaders scrambled to produce a formula for an instant coalition in order to avoid elections, the Israel Democracy Institute noted that Israel leads the world in frequency of elections since 1996.

“The decision has been made and the Knesset will soon vote to disperse itself. This is an unprecedented frequency in the landscape of established democracies,” the IDI said in a comment accompanying bar graphs comparing Israel with other countries.

Between 1996 and 2022, Israel held an election every 2.4 years — beating out Greece (2.53), Spain (2.96), Canada (3.04), the U.K. (3.77) and Italy (4.38).

Israel was in seventh place until April 2019 when it began the cycle of what will be five elections in under four years, assuming the opposition fails to come up with a government beforehand.

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