The elections are fast approaching.

No, I am not confused about the calendar. I’m talking about the Israeli elections in less than three months. We will vote on January 22nd, and I am undecided.

You see, unlike most of my American friends, I’m not a one issue voter. Also, unlike in the States, we have more than two viable options.

I know who I will not vote for, and that is Likud. They are simply way too conservative in my opinion, and their stand on many things from defense to civil marriage is unaccaptable to me. They are the majority in the current government, with Benyamin Netanyahu being the Prime Minister. As I stated elsewhere, I don’t agree with his politics, but I respect him as an elected leader of my country. He is also very friendly with Romney and that could have improved things if Romney had been elected. There are also several riwghtis and religious parties that I will definitely not vote for.

Now that I eliminated half of the parties, there are several I’d consider voting for: Labor, Kadima and of course, Meretz. All three are centrist or centrist-left or left.

Meretz is my first choice, and probably I will end up voting for them. They are committed to the peace process, human rights, rewligious freedom and marriage equality. And when I say marriage equality, I mean something more complex than what it means in the US. I mean the ability of people of different religions, Jews who are not permitted to marry under the halacha, or people who simply don’t want to be married by a religious–for us, Jews, Orthodox Jewish–authority to actually get married in Israel. Meretz actually went as far as to introduce the “Freedom of Choice in Marriage” bill to the Knesset. It was turned down by the Knesset, of course, but it would have given us civil marriage, and really, a freedom of choice. Of course Meretz currently has like three seats in the Knesset (the Israeli parliament), out of 120. I do hope they get more.

Kadima, while more to the center than to the left, is also a viable option for me. They, too, are dedicated to achieving peace with the Palestinians, support civil marriage–which might or might not include same sex couples. They briefly joined the current Likud led government to prevent a collapse and early elections then, and I’m not entirely convinced they’d not give up part of their platform to push other issues through in a coalition government.

Neither of these parties are going to be significant after the next elections, early polls show. Labor, however might be. Now the question is, do I go and vote to strengthen them, or vote for a party that has little to no chance of making a change, but I do support their politics? Can I stomach of voting for the lesser of two evils? Of course not! That would not be exercising my democratic rights!

4 Responses to “Elections!”

  1. Hannah says:

    Wow! I would love for the US to have multiple parties rather than the two major parties that we currently have! All too often in the US people vote against a party rather than for a party. So many third party candidates that have good idea are ignored because people think that voting for a third party is throwing away a vote.

    It is interesting to see how different “Choice of Marriage” is in one country compared to the another country.
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    • Hevel @KosherKola says:

      If people would just finally say, “Screw it, I’m voting for who I really agree with,” America could become a real multi-party democracy within 2 cycles.

      I think it’s more and more common to consider freedom of choice in marriage as both one man and one woman and same sex couples now.

  2. kathy says:

    I really wanted Romney to get elected. If 9/11 had taken place under Obama he probably would have apologized for the towers being in the way!!! Seriously, I don’t trust him to defend our country or to look out for Americans in other parts of the world.

    • Hevel @KosherKola says:

      I, to be completely honest, think that Romney would have been an utter disaster not only for the USA, but for the rest of the world. But to each his–or in this case, her–own, that’s why democracy is a great thing.

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