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The 'Provisional Government' of Israel which was the governing body until the first elections included members who came mostly from socialist parties. The leading party was Israel Land Workers Party (MAPAI) which after some unifications and distributions is today's Israel Labour Party which was in power in 1948-1977 and 1992-1996. The Freedom Movement (Kherut) which also after some unifications is today's Likud Party was a rival fraction in 1948 and therefore had no part in the 'Provisional Government'.

Dov Gutterman, 19 February 1999

The flags used during the 1999 political campaign lacked any vexillological value, in my humble opinion. All parties used flags which were usually the name of the party or a slogan on a bedsheet. There were so many variants to each party, you cannot even speak about semi-official flags. Major parties used combinations of blue-azure-white. Some parties used green on white or red and white.

The only party that showed something that can be considered as a semi-official flag was Meretz. In the flag of Ale-Yarok (Green Leaf) party, the famous green leaf replaced the Magen David on the Israeli flag.

Dov Gutterman, 19 May 1999

Both the Likud party, the Labour party and the Moledet flags all show their logo [instead of the Magen David] on the national flag which is a common practice in Israel since many municipalities follow this pattern too.

Dov Gutterman, 13 December 2000

The Arab Parties in the Knesset are:

  • BALAD (Brit Leumit Democratit, Democratic National Assembly): 1 seat
  • National Arab Party (Mifleget Aravit Leumit): 2 seats, departed from the United Arab List, one of them member of the Islamic Movement.
  • United Arab List (Reshima Aravit Meukhedet): 3 seats, after the depart of two members, all remaining members are from MADA (Mifleget Democratit Aravit / Hezb al-Democraty al-Arabi, Arab Democratic Party); Dahamshe is one of the members.
  • TA'AL (Tnua'a Aravit le'Hitkadshut, Arab Movement for Renewal): 1 seat, departed from BALAD.

Dov Gutterman, 29 December 2000

Temple Mount Faithful Movement

Tnu'at Ne'emanei Har-Habait

Yedi'ot Akhronot newspaper of 23rd May 2001 showed two pictures (first and second) of flags that were carried during the flag dance of Bnei Akiva —a religious youth movement connected with the Mafdal or National Religious Party— that took place the day before in front of Jerusalem wall. There were two kinds of flags in the dance, the national flag and another one based on the national flag with a logo replacing the magen David. The latter is not Bnei Akiva's flag but that of an extreme right-wing political movement named Tnu'at Ne'emanei Har-Habait, Temple Mount Trustees Movement.

Dov Gutterman, 24 May 2001

I located a better picture of the flag at their website. Their official name is the Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement.

Dov Gutterman, 30 August 2001