Kind of strange.
How do they make the lists?
The larger parties do this by primaries.
In the likud party primary, just finished today, the candidate with the most votes gets highest on the list, second only to the party head, or at least when he’s PM. I’m not sure how it works when the party’s out of power. The runner up is No. 3, 3rd place is no. 4, etc. And for the cherry on top, the “princes,” those left-wing sons and grandsons of the Likud founders, might very well be shut out, because they got the least votes. Good riddance.
Through the party primary.
In the old days, the party Central Committee used to choose the party’s ticket and it was rife with cronyism and corruption.
Its much more democratic now and Israel’s PR system ensures in practice none of the big parties will win even a quarter of the Knesset seats.
Another coalition government is going to happen next year. I’d like Naftali Bennett of Naional Union and the Religious Zionists to do much better this time around so they can be in the next government rather on the opposition benches.