Sunday, March 26, 2006

Israeli Elections 2006: The Bigger Picture...

In about 35 hours, the polls to elect the members of the 17th Knesset are going to open.

In about 35 hours +/-, as many as 40% of those eligible to vote in the Israeli elections won't care - because they have no intention of voting.

The system doesn't work.

Everyone in the Knesset is corrupt.

There are no parties that represent my interests and values.

It doesn't matter whom I vote for, we're going to get the policies of the left...

The above are just a short list of the many reasons given as to why these people don't plan on voting this coming Tuesday.

All I can say is chaval! Chaval for them, chaval for the Jewish People and chaval for the Jewish State.

I truly believe, if we look at the current situation in the proper context, many of those people who are not planning on voting might have a change of heart.

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I will not deny that the Jewish State is faced with many challenges, but, consider this:

Over the last 2,000 years, prior to the (re)establishment of the Jewish State of Israel, it is not difficult to imagine that in spite of all of the challenges that we face today, that given the choice, almost every Jew from any of those generations would gladly trade places with us today!

For 2,000 years the Jewish People were powerless, homeless and helpless. For 2,000 years the Jewish People were at the mercy and whim of the host countries in which we resided. For 2,000 years, the Jewish People had almost no control over their fate and over their future.

Today, in the Jewish State of Israel, the Jewish People have a home - having returned to our Homeland - and thank G-d, we have the potential to use the power that comes along with sovereignty - with a Jewish State - for the good of the entire Jewish People and to enable us to fulfill our mission in this world.

True, we may not like the choices that are before us this coming election day - but at least we have a choice.

Thank G-d that we have sovereignty over the Land of Israel.

Thank G-d that we have a Jewish State to call home.

Thank G-d that we have the chance to shape our future and the future of our children.

Thank G-d that we have the ability to choose the leadership of the Jewish State.

Granted, we might not like our options, but if we hope to change the course that the State of Israelis now on, one of the main ways to do so is through influencing the make-up of the Knesset, where the major policy decisions are made - and that can only be done through voting.

It is up to us to vote, and to vote wisely; to use our vote to strengthen Jewish sovereignty in the Land of Israel and to strengthen the State of Israel as a Jewish State...

But that is only possible if we first recognize how fortunate we are to be living in this generation - in the Jewish State of Israel - with all the challenges that come along with it... by casting our vote this Tuesday.

It's the very least we can do – and it’s more than any of the generations that preceded us could have ever hoped for – to hold the destiny and fate of the Jewish People in their own hands.

Let’s not let them down.



17 Comments:

Mrs. JoeSettler was interviewed yet again today on yet another American news station.

I think the message she got across (and certainly mentioned to the other people being interviewed) was clear. Vote - just not for Kadima.

By Blogger Joe Settler, at Sun Mar 26, 11:17:00 PM GMT+2  

ze'ev, since you wrote another article in support of Democracy I would like to know when are you coming out with your article on the permissability of Democracy as a form of Jewish government?

By Anonymous kahaneloyalist, at Mon Mar 27, 01:22:00 AM GMT+2  

kahaneloyalist: - You might find this article: - http://foundation1.org/wp-en/2005/07/11/democracy-4/#more-276 and the Position Papers on the site: - http://www.foundation1.org/ of great interest, wherein PE comprehensively elucidates the philosophical and poli-sci interplay between Torah Values and Democracy (wherein he also clearly deliniates the divide between 'contemporary' or normless democracy, - and Classical or normative Democracy; and how appreciation of the latter by Torah Faithful Jews can serve to bring 'democracy' into line with the values of the Prophets and a Jewish Constitution (of course, NOT the converse).

By Anonymous Tiburon, at Mon Mar 27, 02:12:00 AM GMT+2  

BTW, I find your impassioned post - the call to all Israelis to exercise their franchise, to be both deeply inspiring and beautifully written, Zev. Hopefully good hearts are not too battered. Chazak, Chazak, V'NitChazak!

By Anonymous Tiburon, at Mon Mar 27, 02:15:00 AM GMT+2  

I've read PE writings and some of them suggest he is a closet Monarchist. My point remains there are very strong arguments against Democracy from a Halachic perpective, including Democracy being refered to as a curse by Sefer HaChinuch and I would like Zev to write why he believes in Democracy as a system

By Anonymous kahaneloyalist, at Mon Mar 27, 07:08:00 AM GMT+2  

I agree with you %110! It is important to vote.

By Blogger westbankmama, at Mon Mar 27, 08:58:00 AM GMT+2  

Kahane Loyalist - I am not sure which post you are referring to where I came out as such a strong supporter of democracy. Basically, I am in favor of whatever system of government that will best allow the State of Israel to flourish as a jewish State.

Democracy certainly has its postivie sides, but whether it is the best system of government ofr the Jewish State, I am not certain of.

By Blogger Ze'ev, at Mon Mar 27, 09:22:00 AM GMT+2  

Ze'ev,

Where do you get the statistic that 40% are not planning to vote - the statistic I heard was between 30% and 35% but never as high as 40%.

As for what that means - interestingly enough, the NU-NRP could not be happier that the turnout is going to be low - it is universally received wisdom that a low turnout is good for the extremist parties (whose supporters will not be part of those staying at home) and bad for the centrist parties - it is kadima who are urging people to vote.

As for the idea of the importance of voting - I could not agree more. Except of course I would say that our experience of persecution in exile at the hands of fascists, racists, and states where the religious leadership controlled the political establishment would encourage any Jew not to vote for a racist, fascist party which advocated religious coercion.

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By Anonymous H, at Mon Mar 27, 10:48:00 AM GMT+2  

Haim, last elections in 2003, 32% of those eligible to vote did not do so. This time around, there are many, many more people who are disenchanted with the system, and as such, we could easily be looking at between 35 - 40%.

As for extremist parties benifiting from low voter turn-out - I imagine that you and your Meretz party should be pretty excited about that, no?

By Blogger Ze'ev, at Mon Mar 27, 10:58:00 AM GMT+2  

****"For 2,000 years the Jewish People were powerless, homeless and helpless. For 2,000 years the Jewish People were at the mercy and whim of the host countries in which we resided. For 2,000 years, the Jewish People had almost no control over their fate and over their future."****


Yeah, and now we know why. Obviously Israel has lost the will to live. They do not believe they have the right to their own land. Mene Tekel Upharsim (Dan. 5:25-28)

By Anonymous Scott, at Mon Mar 27, 09:22:00 PM GMT+2  

Ze'ev, I think you need to get a sound feature on this blog: That post sorely lacked the Hatikva playing in the background.

I'm not voting for an extremist party today. BUT I am voting.

By Blogger tafka PP, at Tue Mar 28, 09:34:00 AM GMT+2  

pp: "not voting for an extremist party"!!!!!

I saw you said on another blog that if you aren't voting Labour then you are voting for an extremist party. (Depending how much they bother you outside the station).

Enjoy your vote. Remember - "Just not Qadima".

By Blogger Joe Settler, at Tue Mar 28, 01:08:00 PM GMT+2  

Joe- Indeed. I didn't vote for Meretz: For the first time ever.

By Blogger tafka PP, at Tue Mar 28, 05:35:00 PM GMT+2  

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By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sat Apr 01, 03:37:00 AM GMT+3  

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By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sat Apr 01, 03:37:00 AM GMT+3  

Why were the comments deleted by PP? Where is the freedom of expression that democracy comes with?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sun Apr 02, 12:00:00 PM GMT+3  

No comments by PP were deleted - the two commentst hat were deleted by an anonymous commenter who was selling something...

By Blogger Ze'ev, at Sun Apr 02, 08:04:00 PM GMT+3  

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