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Sunday, April 05, 2009
Well that didn't take very long for the first step in a bad electoral reform bill to introduced.

The first part of the bill makes it more difficult to take down a government. I have no comment yet on that.

But here is the part with the problem.

Once again they plan to raise the electoral threshold.

I'd like to see UTJ and Bayit Yehudi vote for this one, since if the threshold is raised from 3 to 5 seats they probably won't be in the Knesset next time around.

The big parties are trying to murder the small parties. Plain and simple.

And it's not like the big parties are giving away ministerial positions (or MK positions) to those not like them, who might also be members of their party.

I don't see Effie Eitam in the Likud government. Can you see the Likud letting in a Chossid to be a Likud minister any time in the near future once they wiped out representation from the Chareidi sector?

Nope. No time soon.

In fact, let's look at a real-world example instead of hypotheticals.

How many people from sectors that would be disenfranchised did the Likud turn into ministers in this government -particularly after all that partying with Effie Eitam before the elections, while calling them equal partners?

Look what happened to Leah Ness, Tzippy Hotovely, Ze'ev Elkin and Ayoob Kara.

I think that answers the question.

So all this move does is kill the competition during the elections and disenfranchise huge swaths of the population.

One can only hope a move like this backfires.


Ken S from Ramara Tsp., Ontario said...

Canada's politicans always point to the way Israeli's vote when the seek to quell any notion of voter reform here. Canada recently has had elections in 2004, 2006 and 2008, which I believe is more than Israel, during this period.

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