I was just talking with my friend Miriam (also a blogger, though a much more prolific one I might say) about how my blog is targeted at a certain niche and only covers topics which are madrichim-related. But I believe that a good madrich should be interested in many things, from Tanach to rocket science and from psychology to politics. So here it is, my first politically-related post.
I always thought I would avoid politics on this blog at all costs, but you know what, why would I? Let’s start with something pretty neutral and, be assured, we’ll get closer to home soon enough.
As I got to learn more about it I realized Israeli politics seem very strange to me, as I take our system (the Romanian one) as the status quo.
First of all it should be noted that in Israel, the presidency is much less important and the Prime Minister is actually the one leading the country. Hence the great importance of this elections.
Secondly, the Knesset (the Israeli Parliament) has 120 seats. Which is exactly the same number they had since the beginning of the state (70 years ago), even though meanwhile the population grew 10 times higher.
Did I mention they hold elections on a Tuesday (yeah, today)?
And their whole procedure of voting is a bit… you know… let’s just say it reminds me of our Madrich Time activities. Basically instead of a booklet with all parties, from which one would stamp the preferred one, they have all these little cards.
As a citizen, you can only vote in Israel (which might, again, seem weird to us – but taking into account all the people who have Israeli citizenship, but actually live in Diaspora, I guess it sort of makes sense). Which is not to say that someone who lives in Diaspora cannot board a plane, vote and come back. But you know… let’s say that if they go through all that trouble maybe their vote should count. The only exception is the diplomats and embassy staff, which can vote in the countries where they were sent.
The voter just takes one of the cards and places it into an envelope, which they seal and put into the voting box. And not just that, but apparently they’re also representatives of the parties outside the voting polls, thoughtfully handing out these cards to voters, helping them save time, and not having to browse through all the options. And boy… there are options. No less than 47 parties to chose from, competing for 120 seats. You know… 2 Jews 3 opinions…
To govern you need a majority (min 61) and, as you might expect, never in the history of Israel a single party won enough seats to govern by itself. So here starts the fun of coalitions. And, by the way, more often than not, the coalition breaks and they need to hold elections again before the expiration of the 4 years term.
I will not get into the details of candidates and political parties, but I think it would be fun to share the most unexpected video, photo or line of this campaign. What say you?