The table below lists the parliamentary factions represented in the 11th Knesset.
|Name||Ideology||Symbol||Leader||1981 result||Seats at 1983|
|Mafdal||Religious Zionism||?||Yosef Burg||3.5%|
|Agudat Yisrael||Religious conservatism||?||Avraham Yosef Shapira||1.7%|
|Ometz||National liberalism||Yigal Hurvitz||1.2%|
|Likud 1 6 7||709,305||31.1||40||-1|
|Alignment 6 7||685,363||30.0||39||-5|
|Agudat Yisrael 3||102,714||4.5||5||+2|
|National Religious Party||89,720||3.9||5||+1|
|Shinui 4 6||39,538||1.7||2||-1|
|Progressive List for Peace||33,279||1.5||1||-1|
|Arab Democratic Party||27,012||1.2||1||New|
|Movement for Social Justice||3,222||0.1||0||New|
|Yishai - Tribal Israel Together||2,947||0.1||0||New|
|Movement for Moshavim||2,838||0.1||0||New|
|Movement for Demobilised Soldiers||1,018||0.0||0||New|
|Unity - for Victor Tayar to the Knesset||446||0.0||0||0|
|Source: Nohlen et al.|
1 Five members of the Likud left to form the Party for the Advancement of the Zionist Idea; after two returned, the party was renamed the New Liberal Party. One member moved from the Alignment to the Likud.
2 One MK left Shas and established Moria.
3 One MK left Agudat Yisrael and established Geulat Yisrael.
4 Ratz, Mapam, and Shinui merged into Meretz.
5Black Panthers broke away from Hadash.
6 One member of Shinui joined Ratz, whilst an Alignment MK joined Shinui.
Likud's Yitzhak Shamir formed the twenty-third government on 22 December 1988, including the Alignment, the National Religious Party, Shas, Agudat Yisrael and Degel HaTorah in his coalition, with 25 ministers.
In 1990 Shimon Peres tried to form an Alignment-led coalition in a move that became known as "the dirty trick", but failed to win sufficient support. Eventually Shamir formed the twenty-fourth government on 11 June 1990, with a coalition encompassing Likud, the National Religious Party, Shas, Agudat Yisrael, Degel HaTorah, the New Liberal Party, Tehiya, Tzomet, Moledet, Unity for Peace and Immigration and Geulat Yisrael. Tehiya, Tzomet and Moledet all left the coalition in late 1991/early 1992 in protest at Shamir's participation in the Madrid Conference.
The Twelfth Knesset saw the rise of the ultra-orthodox religious parties as a significant force in Israeli politics, and as a crucial "swing" element which could determine which of the large 2 secular parties (Likud, Alignment) would get to form the coalition government.