JoeSettler here (so you don’t blame Jameel for this post).
I’m really getting tired of certain election-related shennigans, especially the one this post is about.
Yes, the system is messed up, but the primary solution that keeps being put forward (increasing the threshold) is the ones that would ultimately exclude most of the diverse parties and deny a voice to significantly large sectors of the population.
If they could get away with it, they really would try to create a 2 (or 1) party system in Israel, and not allow in anyone who doesn’t fit.
Israel needs to go back to the 2 ballot race, where we vote for Prime Minister separate from the Knesset, but this time do it right.
Grant Executive powers to the Prime Minister separate from the Legislative powers of the Knesset, and grant each branch certain veto powers over the other (and remove the ability to call for early elections, except in very limited cases). And then obviously we do not require a coalition to form a government. Each one will do their job, and if one decides to unfairly block the other, they will get it back in return with the other branch’s veto power.
In the end, we’ll either have permanent deadlocks, or the opposing branches will learn to compromise and work together on important issues of national concensus (more likely).
But no more cobbling together coalitions with all the extortion, horse trading, and other nonsense.
But that isn’t the point of this post.
What irks me right now is what Netanyahu is trying to do. For whatever reason, Bibi wants his National Unity government with Kadima, even though that is not the will of the people.
But that isn’t the point of this post either.
What really bothers me is the following – and this is the point of this post.
Kadima received 28 mandates. Many of those mandates came from the far Left who wanted to block Bibi.
There are serious backroom talks going on right now that at least 10 Kadima MKs may jump ship to the Likud!!!!
Imagine you voted for Kadima and your votes went to the Likud, or think back to Oslo, when Rabin openly bribed two RW MKs to vote for Oslo, or Sharon stealing the entire government by creating Kadima, when we all voted Likud and for Likud stated policies.
We, the voters, are getting openly cheated. Our votes are being robbed in broad daylight.
These mandates are not the personal property of these MKs. They belong to the parties that received the votes (as the party is all we are allowed to vote for).
If these 10 MKs jump ship to the Likud, I will be among the first (I am the first in fact right now) to demand a national protest against this open vote stealing. I will demand the entire government be replaced. Streets should be closed. The Knesset should be picketed. There should be a national strike.
This goes far beyond the typical bait-and-switch politics of our politicians.
I don’t care, Left or Right, we the people voted for the parties we wanted in office. If an MK is unhappy, then let him quit, but he has no moral right to switch allegiances mid-term. These MKs didn’t win their seats, their parties did.
It may be legal, but this is simply unethical.
Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael טובה הארץ מאד מאד