Only in Israel’s vibrant democracy election can happen twice a year! This April election outcome 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 Sequel!
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.
Our Israeli Shaliach, Arkady Hasidovich, will run an Israeli election simulation in the Katz JCC lobby on the election day (Tue, Sep 17). All JCC attendees will have an opportunity to learn about Israel’s democracy and cast their own symbolic vote. Not planning on coming to JCC on Sep 17 – no worries, voting is also available online!
Arkady takes a trip to the Israeli Embassy in New York while discussing the upcoming elections.
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 April Election. Question mark (?) indicates an estimated number of seats
Projected number of seats (out of 120) in the Knesset are indicated.