News Brief 2/1/2012, Shevat 8, 5772
Bill To Limit Small Parties in Knesset
On Wednesday the Knesset debated a bill that would raise the threshold of votes that a party must win to be elected into office. The bill, already signed by a third of the Knesset, calls for raising the threshold at first gradually from 2% to 2.5% in the next election and then to 3% in the subsequent election. In such an event, smaller parties would need more votes to make it into the Knesset. Today a party of three or four member can be elected. In previous decades when the threshold was only 1%, a party could consist of just one member.