Again, because we had elections two years ago (I think).
It’s good, because Lapid and his party[-ruiners] have caused a lot of upheaval, and a lot of problems.
It’s bad, because the reason for these elections is that Lapid stepped over the line and got kicked out of the Knesset – toppling the government. In other words, the prime minister toppled the government with his own hands. And after Tzuk Eitan was stopped prematurely, a lot of people are disillusioned with the right. Which is stupid, because it’s Obama’s fault that we stopped Tzuk Eitan, not Bennett’s or Bibi’s. At least, not directly.
On the other hand, the left is even worse. Arabs in the Knesset? Peace process? Dividing Israel up? Give me a break. Why? So that there will be no place in all of Israel that has more than 30 seconds to run to the bomb shelters? Thanks, guys. Herzog as prime minister is the beginning of Israel’s demise, or rather, suicide. Ugh.
For the first time, though, Yitzchak and I debated what we should vote. In the past, I voted Ichud Leumi (National Union); when they joined with Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home), I voted for Bayit Yehudi. Yitzchak, too, voted Bayit Yehudi, simply because it was the obvious choice for both of us. We care about security, and we want a party whose members have heads on their shoulders, and will take care of our security concerns, along with all the other issues (like economics, religion, education).
But Bennett made a few mistakes in Tzuk Eitan and afterwards; I think he let the power go to this head. On the other hand, he’s a good guy, and he listens to his rabbanim (rabbis) when they tell him that he’s being stupid. He also listens to the public. And he’s a pretty good economics minister. He also is STILL head of the only party except for maybe Yoni Chetboun (Yachad) who cares about security the way I do.
I considered voting Yachad because I really like Yoni Chetboun (he used to be in Bayit Yehudi, and many people, myself included, think that it is a real loss to Bayit Yehudi that he left; again, mistake of Bennett’s). But I just can’t bring myself to vote for Eli Yishai, who is number 1 on Yachad’s list. I just can’t.
And while Bibi is a better option than Buji (Herzog) for prime minister, I can’t stomach voting for him, either.
So I am sticking with Bayit Yehudi, and after weeks of debating, I am finally happy with my choice.
Yitzchak is voting Likud, because he is afraid of what will happen if they don’t get enough votes. I can’t say I blame him,
And the left?
They are underhanded. The way you vote in Israel is that you show your ID card, they give you an envelope, and you go to the stand and choose a piece of paper to put in your envelope. If you put two pieces in, your vote is discounted.
The left has been putting up signs and advertisements everywhere, “We are stronger together! Vote for both [Machal (Likud) and Tav (Bayit Yehudi)]! Place two slips in the envelope.” There is also a picture of both notes in an envelope.
In other words, if right wing votes are discounted because we misguided them, then the left will win. The reason this desperate, underhanded tactic may work is that there were a few times when there was a direct vote for prime minister AND a vote for which parties – meaning, two slips in the envelope. And I think that when you vote in municipal elections there are also 2 slips of paper.
And that’s not even mentioning the fact that many polls that show Likud as stronger than Avoda (Labor) aren’t shown to the public . . .
All we can do at this point is pray. There is a good chance that if Likud and Avoda are close, even if Avoda gets more, Bibi will be given the first chance at a coalition, simply because he has more people willing to work with him.