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The Israeli 2013 Elections Thread
After realizing he won't be able to pass the budget, Prime Minister Netanyahu has sent the Parlemant home for new elections, knowing that his chances of winning again are high, especially after joining forces with one of israels right wing (fascist..) parties "israel beytenu" (isreal our home) led by Liberman who is handling different press charges these days.
on the left side, former journalist Shelly Yehimovich one her parties pre-election round and is in contention for second largest party.
the most interesting party, is, however "habayit ayehudi" (the jewish home) who with 40 something year old new star Bennet, stole almost 5 seats from the different parties. he is a former high-tech wiz and led the most popular campaign, consisting of cute graphics and tons of viral memes. he is well known for calling his voters "brother", a word which in it's local slang perhaps is best translated to the african american "brutha".
"shas" - the largest religious party, once again will join any party who wins into the coelition. they are merely in democracy for budgets, and maintaing the status quo - israel can do what they please as long as the religous sector has it's own rights, no military service, money for torah students, housing in settlements as well as other laws concerning every israeli - the holy shabat means nothing is available on saturdays, most importantly public transportation.
between the different sides, is another journalist who made the transition to politics - the hunky Yair Lapid, who was the concensus writer of the most popular week-end coloumn as well as the official presentor of the most popular weekend news show. this mass popularity has brought him incredible power in the early polls, and while he may have lost almost 50% of his initian chairs in parliment, he is still one to tilt these elections by joining the co-elition.
who did you vote for? who will win? who will join the coelition and who gets stuck out?
since we all know that israel is part of the world's worst conflict still going on, these elections are a HUGE thing.
if anyone would like to discuss, ask question and understand the different sides - this is a good chance to learn the israeli politics and it's structure better.
there are almost 70% of israelis that want an agreement with the palistinian athouraties. almost 20% are willing to go back to 67' borders (a huge cut in the countries size, including withdrawl from considerably large cities and giving back parts of jerusalem).
there is a huge debate over which way to go in economy as well - an even more liberal state than the one liberman lead to, or perhaps going a few steps back to social care.
feel free to add your thoughts, whichever side you are on!
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