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  1. Yehoshua Friedman says:

    I would like to make a few small points:
    1. Lieberman has gone on record as saying that he would want Prof. Daniel Friedmann to stay on as Justice Minister. Friedmann’s program is judicial reform. Although Lieberman’s agenda is to weaken the judiciary in order to get the dogs off his back, judicial reform is ultimately in the interest of the right and religious public. As the demography of the Jews in Israel becomes more right and more religious, a more responsive judiciary will serve us.
    2. Okay, we don’t want civil marriage in Israel from a Jewish point of view. But what is the solution for the legal lacunae regarding non-Jews who have no religion? Just because they are Russian doesn’t make them Russian Orthodox.
    3. I don’t agree that the voters for Lieberman were all Russian. He has on his list Dudu Rotem, Uzi Landau and Orit Levi who are definitely not Russian. I haven’t analyzed the voting patterns, but it is clear that there were a lot of people who are not Russian who went for the tough talk of Lieberman.
    4. It is now 60 years that people have been talking about changing the electoral system. Ben-Gurion claimed in ’48 that the reason the Knesset was not elected by districts was because they didn’t know what the borders were going to be. This seems to be disingenuous because I don’t see the municipalities of Tel-Aviv or Haifa electing their city councils by district. Apparently proportional representation and party lists sits well with politicians who prefer to decide on candidates in smoke-filled rooms rather than by taking personal responsibility before the people. The sitting members will never vote themselves into unemployment.
    5. Religious parties have historically opposed constituency representation because they are a minority which has feared being wiped out by districts drawn up with the expected egregious gerrymandering. Looking ahead to population trends again, this should not be a problem in the long run.
    6. The religious and right-wing parties could make themselves much more attractive to their natural electorate if they would announce that they would institute binding primaries for their lists together with a pledge by the party not to change the order from that voted in, and a similar pledge by candidates not to leave the party until the end of the term of the Knesset for which they are running. This would be backed by a monetary obligation (in escrow) with all arbitration under control of the accepted beit din of rabbanim of the party. The elected candidates would pledge to follow the ideological dictates of the rabbis, with similar penalties.

  2. cvmay says:

    For her part, Livni could conceivably try to cobble together a coalition based on the previous partnership of Kadima (28), Yisrael Beiteinu (15), and Labor (13).
    SHAS and/or UTJ are willing to join Kadima if their wishes are fulfilled. A constitution providing religious freedoms, status quos, and other factors would then allow for 3 to 4 big parties to run (subtracting the need for little parties with demands that the constitution will inact).
    Yisroel Betenu increase in seats were from dissatisfied Likud voters and Shas voters who wanted security issues stressed.

  3. L.Oberstein says:

    There is a lot of play acting going on.
    I don’t belief that Israel will return the Golan any time soon and ,certainly , a viable Palestinian State won’t happen either. It’s all about process.
    Israel needs a competent leader, but who is that leader? Elections every two years don’t accomplish anything. Tzippi would have been better off giving Shas the money and she could have been in charge for two more years.
    The last attempt at election reform,a separate vote for Prime Minister, was recinded as it had the opposite of its desired effect. It increased the power of the smaller parties.I wonder if there is the requisite political will by anyone, the politicians or the voters to make systemmic chages.Things will muddle along and the political class will all keep their volvos and their drivers and collude in private while lambasting one another in public. It is not a pretty scene.

    As far as the religious parties, it’s pathetic.There is no leadership, just wheeler dealers who use the diminishing power of Torah leaders as a schield for their ineptitude. The religious community would be better served by new political leaders but the old guard doesn’t ever give way, not among the chareidim and not among anyone else either.

    If this is the best we can do establishing a Jewish State ,maybe we really do need the Mashiach to get it right.

  4. aron feldman says:

    L Oberstein wrote;

    Israel needs a competent leader, but who is that leader?


    You make a valid point.It seems that no matter how much “Bizyonos” an Israeli pol leaves office with,a few years later he/she wants to come back.Livni and Kadima have been exposed and discredited and Bibi is recycled.The lack of fresh blood is disturbing

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