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Israeli parties unconcerned with equal gender representation

Few, if any, Israeli parties are expected to present for the upcoming Nov. 1 elections Knesset lists with equal representation of women.
This picture shows a general view of the Israeli Knesset (parliament) during a meeting, in Jerusalem on June 30, 2022.

When the primary votes were counted last month and the Likud list of candidates was set, the blow sustained by women in Israel’s largest party became obvious to everyone. Only five women appeared in realistic slots (i.e., the first 32 seats, according to polls). What this means is that just over 16% of the list consists of women.

No less disturbing is the fact that only one woman appears in the party’s top 10 slots. This is the worst the situation has been since the 2015 election when only six women served in the Knesset for the Likud.

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