Israel’s fractured electoral landscape is more a muddy morass than it is interesting chequered scenery. Moving fault lines criss-cross in every direction, bogging down the apparatus of government; stymieing progress. Hence the collapse of the Bennett-Lapid administration and the scheduling of yet another general election for later this year.
The tectonic plates separate along numerous lines:
- Ashkenazic, Sephardic and Mizrachi;
- Secular, religious and ultra-religious (Haredi);
- National-religious Zionist and secular Zionist;
- Ultra-Left and ultra-Right;
- Israel-rejectionist Arab Muslims and Israel-embracing Arab Christians.
And variations of all the above. Did I say morass? It’s a maelstrom!
For the purpose of this piece – because it will be of interest to this readership – I have chosen to ignore the Israeli Arab demographic, and to take a closer look at one of the major lines dividing those Israeli citizens who are designated in the population registry as “Jewish,” and who therefore make up the majority of voters. An historic event illustrates this rift rather well:
On November 4, 1995,a kippa-wearing man shot...
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