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Elections

January 21, 2013

I liked Yair Lapid’s agenda. He has some great ideas on things that need to change. Housing, Military Service, Cost of living, Education. He hasn’t said so much about the Palestinians, but he seems to be onboard with Bibbi. Also, he is against the religious ruling our lives. I like his party, and hope they’ll go far.

But I’m not voting for him. New central parties have sprung up every single election the last 40 years, bring with them a bunch of seats in the knesset, and then they dissappear. Tsomet, Merkaz, Shinui, Kadima… the list is long. I hope that Lapid’s party will be different, that he will get into the government and do some changes. But my vote he doesn’t get. I am not a gambler.

I also liked Naftali Bennet. He has an actual practical plan on how to make some things better – annexation of the C-areas of the West Bank. It’s a new kind of thinking, and it means that we are not keeping settlements on areas where Israeli law is invalid (whose idea was that anyway, to build settlements without annexation of the areas first? I’m all for settlements, but why were the areas not annexed?) Bennet also have great ideas when it comes to military service etc, and they even say that he and Lapid have a lot of issues in common.

But I’m not voting for him. A religious party might pass anti-missionary laws, or at least support them. They might be against, or indifferent, to minority rights.

At the end of the day – what we need is stability. If there’s anything lacking in Israeli politics, it’s stability. We need a strong unified government, with as few parties as possible, to lead our country, and I have a lot of faith in Netanyahu to keep doing that.

I hope that Bennet and Lapid will make it to the government. But they’re not getting my vote. My vote goes to the stability we need. My vote goes to Likud in this election.

By the way – Netanyahu has promised to work to get down the housing prices during the coming 4 years – if he doesn’t keep that promise, I might need to revise my decision in the next election.

Happy election day (tomorrow)!

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Don’t Forget To Vote, Israel!

January 20, 2013

Israelis!

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!

 

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