Arkady takes a trip to the Israeli Embassy in New York while discussing the upcoming elections.
Election season in Israel is over and these bekhirot (elections) were hot! Any election cycle is a frenzied one, but it seems like the April 9 elections were especially fiery and fateful.
While we in South Jersey are somewhat distant from the all-Israeli campaigning craze, this was a rare 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, ran an Israeli election simulation in the Katz JCC lobby on the election day (April 9). All JCC attendees had an opportunity to learn about Israel’s democracy and cast their own symbolic vote. Voting was also available online!
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Israeli Election simulation.
Voting results based on 165 South Jersey participants.
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.
Projected number of seats (out of 120) in the Knesset shown at bottom left corner.
Projected number of seats (out of 120) in the Knesset are indicated.