Israeli Elections: Whither the Charedi Parties?

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7 Responses

  1. Bob Miller says:

    Parties should speak and act as if they were ready to step up to direct national policy. The religious parties have to express their visions and action plans for the nation as a whole, to show that their candidates are more than lobbyists.

    Closer relations between the leadership and the constituents would be easier to accomplish if Knesset members were elected by district. The at-large election system fosters a lack of accountability.

    The voter also has a personal responsibility to become informed and involved.
    “Some folks don’t understand it. That’s why they don’t demand it.”

  2. david says:

    Wasn’t there an effort a little while ago to form a charedi working people’s party? What ever happened to that?

  3. Yisrael Moshe says:

    If the representative of the Chassidic groups had a lower spot on the list, shouldn’t that have encouraged the Chassidim to vote?

  4. Toby Katz says:

    Maybe the child support payments should be phased out.

  5. Perplexed says:

    Toby Katz
    “Maybe the child support payments should be phased out”
    They started phasing them out how is is this going to help anything?

  6. Perplexed says:

    “Voting is something chareidim do because the gedolim tell them to do. But for some, it seems, that is no longer enough. ”

    I find this to be very insulting.

    If this is a true statement then most people are not Charedim.

  7. David Brand says:

    As to Israeli Charedim feeling left out, I think another factor is that there’s a feeling that the only people who really benefit from Israeli politics are those who have “Proteksia”. Yet another might be the lasting effects of Socialism, where a very few made the rules for everyone else. That makes individuals feel that they have a very small ability (if any)to have any type of impact. Of course, we do not have the same ideas in America, and it is more natural for us to feel an obligation to get involved and to feel that we can make a difference by participating.

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