Party: HaLikud (The Likud)
Leaders: Benjamin Netanyahu
Slogan: Netanyahu. Right. Strong. | .נתניהו. ימין. חזק
Founded in 1973 by Menachem Begin, the Likud is and has been a dominant party in Israeli politics ruling for three out of the four decades since it first came into power in 1977. Likud's landslide victory that year was a major turning point Israel's history, marking the first time the left had lost power and that right-wing parties won a plurality of the votes. The Likud is led by Benjamin Netanyahu who is the longest serving Prime Minister in Israel's history other than David Ben Gurion, Israel's founder. The party currently holds 30 seats in the Knesset.
A month before the April 2019 elections, Israel’s attorney general announced his intention to indict Netanyahu who is accused of bribery, fraud and breach of trust. While the announcement caused a major stir in Israeli politics, it did not seem to significantly impact the Likud at the polls as the party won 35 seats. Although Blue White garnered the same number of seats, Netanyahu was tapped to form a governing coalition as most of the other parties entering the Knesset preferred Netanyahu and the Likud over Gantz's Blue White. Upon Likud's failure to form a coalition, the Knesset decided to dissolve itself and new elections were set for September 17, 2019.