Another Twist in Israeli Election Results
According to the JPost, errors attributing votes to the right parties at several polling stations means that Labor will have only 19 seats in the next Knesset, with one more going to UAL-Ta’al.
Labor’s drop to 19 now hinder’s Kadima’s chances of forming a pro-convergence coalition. A coalition of Kadima, Labor, Meretz, and the Gil Pensioner’s Party would only reach a total of 60 mandates.
This being the case, Olmert now needs at least one religious or right-wing party in order to form a government, and Shas is probably closest to accepting convergence.
Maybe I’m paranoid, but these “adjustment in the votes after the fact leave me very suspicious.
As Joseph Stalin used to say: “I don’t care who votes, just as long as I do the counting!”
It would be way more efficient to allocate one voting option to each voter and allow free trading in voting options. Then the individual voter would have something to show for it after the value of his voting option appreciated and he sold it. The usual guys would run the country anyhow.
Given the numerous taboos broken recently by the Sharon/Olmert cadre, why do we still assume the Arab parties will not be invited into the coalition?