Don’t Forget To Vote, Israel!January 20, 2013
On Tuesday there’s election day. We Israelis have an amazing privilege – we are citizens of a democratic country, with many parties and a small population, and whose leadership has a huge impact on world politics.
Unlike the US voter who gets to choose one out of two, we get to choose one out of 34(!!). Unlike the US voter who is 1 out of millions and millions of people, the Israeli is one out of just 7 million (even less, considering the 7 million digit includes kids). Unlike the Belgian or Swedish voter, our leaders, whoever they are, are well known to the entire world, are regular visitors to the White House, and give speeches at the UN that give great impact.
Of all the people in the world who are citizens of a democratic country, the individual Israeli is the one individual who has the most influence on worldwide politics. There is no other individual voter in the world with as much power as you. So why, oh, why, would you give that up???
Go and vote! Yes, even if you are against my views. A high percentage of voters is more important. Indifferent citizens is the worst thing there can be in any country. Go to vote!
This image is a version of the “DFTVA”-campaign that the “vlogbrothers” launched for the American elections (you can find it on youtube). I pitched the idea to make an Israeli version, someone I know did it, posted to her tumblr, and it was reblogged by Hank Green, one of the vlogbrothers. Pretty cool. If the Americans – where each vote is one of many many millions, and you only have two choices – can make a campaign like that, then we Israelis definitely can. Don’t forget to vote, Israel!