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No less then 29 parties were registered for 2003 elections.
Two parties withdrawn from the race and one was disqualified from
technical reasons, so 26 parties will compete on the 120 seats of
Here are the full list in Hebrew alpabetical order as follows:
Full name in 2003 elections: official name in 2003 elections (parties can change them from election to election).
Letters: (and if those mean anything)
Oriantation/Sector: L (=left), R (=right), T (=religious), A (=arabic), C (=immigrants from former CIS) or other
1) Ahavat Israel
Full name in 2003 elections: Ahavat Israel BeNesi'ut Gdol HaMkubalim HaRav Kaduri (Brotherhood of Israel presided by the greatest of the "Kabalists" , Rabbi Kaduri)
Remarks: new Sepharadic religious party splitted from SHAS and led by the grandson of a famous Rabbi Kaduri.
2) Ezrah U'Medina
Full name in 2003 elections: Ezrah U'Medina (Citizen and State)
Letters: Kuf-suffix Nun (KEN=nest)
Remarks: new CIS-new immigrants party, led by a K.M* previously from Israel Ba'Aliya.
See: Da'am Party
See: Balad Party
5) Gesher (Bridge)
Remarks: Disqualified for not fullfiling technical demends for registration.
6) HaIhud HaLeumi
See: Ikhud Le'umi (National Union)
7) HaBrit HaLeumit HaMitkademet
Full name in 2003 elections: HaBrit HaLeumit HaMitkademet - Mifleget HaAkhdut HaLeumit (Progresive National Joint - Mational Union Party)
Flag/logo: flag - white letters on green backgrouns
Full name in 2003 elections: HaYerukim (The Greens)
Letters: Resh-Kuf (Rak = only)
Oriantation/Sector: envoirement protection
Flag/logo: logo of man walking inside the sunflower with green inscription at party website.
Remarks: First time to run.
See: Mafdal Party
Full name in 2003 elections: LEADER - Miflaga Mitkademet Libarlit Democratit (Progressive Liberal Democratic Party)
Remarks: first appearance
Ha'Miflaga Ha'Mitkademet Ha'Liberalit Democratit (The Advanced Liberal-Democratic Party).
11) HaMerkaz (The Centre)
Letters: Pe-He (PE = mouth)
Full name in 2003 elections: HaHazit HaDemocratit LeShalom U'LeShivion VeHatnua'a HaAravit LeHithadshut (The Democratic Front for Peace and Equality and The Arabic Movement for Renewal
Flag/logo: Various logos on red and yellow background.
Remarks: HADASH is the former "New Communist List" joining forces with TA'AL whose leader was disqulified by the elections committee but this decision was reversed by the Supreme Court.
See: Hadash Party
See: Herut Movement
16) Ya'adut HaTorah
Full name in 2003 elections: Ya'adut HaTorah VeHaShabat, Agudat Israel - Degel HaTorah (Sabath and Torah Judaism - Israel Joint - The Torah Flag)
Flag/logo: logo - party letter and name inside Torah tablets
Remarks: Religious party, mostly Ashkenazic (=western) Jews.
17) Yisrael Aheret
Full name in 2003 elections: Yisreal Aheret ki Nishbar MePolitikai'im (free
translation: Another Israel since we are fed up of Politicians)
Flag/logo: logo - Party name in white on blue and orange..
18) Yisrael BeAliya
Full name in 2003 elections: Yisrael BeAliya BeRashut Natan Sharansky (Israel uphill (Aliya is also immigration to Israel) led by Natan Sharansky)
Letters: Kaf-suffixNun (Ken = Yes)
Flag/logo: logo - Stylized Magen Davis
Remarks: The only immigrents party in the Knesset
Full name in 2003 elections: Lehava (flame)
Letters: Kuf-suffixTzadi (Ketz = the end)
Remarks:Also known as Lehava - Miflaget HaHityashvut (Flame - The Setteling Party).
20) Moreshet Avot
Full name in 2003 elections: Moreshet Avot (Ancestors Legacy)
Letters: Zayin-suffixKaf (Zakh = pure)
Remarks: Withdrawn - one man religious party led by the very colourful former K.M* Rabbi Ba-Gad.
Full name in 2003 elections: ZA'AM Tzedek Hevrati (ZA'AM (= anger) Social
See: Meretz Party
23) Ale Yarok
See: Ale Yarok (Green Leaf) Party
24) Am Ekhad
Full name in 2003 elections: Am Ehad BeRashut Amir Peretz (One Nation led by Amir Peretz)
Flag/logo: using flag with photos and sloagens on orange background.
Remarks: Workers rights party led by the leader of Israel biggest trade union (Ha'Histadrut).
Full name in 2003 elections: Tzomet (Junction)
Flag/logo: Party name combined with stylized logo
Remarks: A try to revive this party which almost disappeared.
Full name in 2003 elections: HaReshima HaAravit HaMeu'hedet (United Arabic List)
Letters: Ayin-Mem (Am = nation)
27) Zhuiot HaGever
Full name in 2003 elections: Mifleget Zhuiot HaGever BaMishpaha - RA'ASH (Men's rights in the family party - RA'ASH (= noise))
Remarks: Third time for this party.
See: Shinui Party
See: Shas Party
* K.M = Knesset member
Dov Gutterman, 17 and 28 January 2003
It was a quite campaign and by adding the rain pouring all
day, it was hardly noticed in the streets and no flags were
noticed. How ever, in the night TV broadcasts from the parties
HQ's there were some flags waving. The flags were seen (as
expected) at the celebrating HQ's while the losing parties kept
them folded and hiden.
Do note - all the flags are printed on one side only (mirrored at the reverse) and flown with the hoist on the right side.
1) The biggest winner of the night, PM Sharon's party - The Likud (37 seats - gain of 11), you could see many white logo on blue flags. It seems the the previously reported flag of logo on national background is obsolete and not in use anymore.
2) Shinui Party is the (expected) surprise of the election, more then doubling its force (from 6 seats to 14 to become the third largest party). The celebration in this party HQ's reveald the party flag as light blue logo (party name) on white.
3) Shas - this party celebrate the fact that it was not crashed alltogether (down from 17 to 11 seats) with already reported flags but now the inscription was visible enough to reveal the party official name.
4) MAFDAL kept its strength (5 seats) and its flag (white party name on blue)
No other flags was seen.
Dov Gutterman, 29 January 2003