Only in Israel’s vibrant democracy election can happen three times a year! The outcomes of April and September 2019 elections created an unprecedented equilibrium of political parties that did not allow for the leading party to form a majority coalition of 61 Knesset seats. Hence – Election, The Threequel!
While we in South Jersey are somewhat distant from the all-Israeli campaigning craze, this is a fantastic opportunity to take a sneak peek into what matters to the contemporary Israelis through the lens of the Israeli electoral system and political platforms.
Most of this Sept 2019 video is still relevant in March 2020!
Roughly speaking, there are three realms about which the Israeli voters care: national security, economy, and Jewish identity of the State.
On national security, the disagreements range between halting or increasing the Jewish settlement of Judea and Samaria; two-state or one-state solution; and softer or harder IDF’s hand. On economy, it is a good old brawl between more or less taxation, regulation, and public services. As to the Jewish identity of the State, views vary between complete separation of religion, and all the way to the Halachic State (Jewish religious law). Some parties can be simultaneously left and right on various issues, and voters enjoy a menu of parties as diverse and colorful as any Israeli shuk.
BOTTOM LEFT CORNER:
Seats (out of 120) in the Knesset from September 2019 Election.
Number of seats (out of 120) in the September 2019 Election are indicated.