Also the Road Paved with Selfish Intensions
Unlike many countries, Israel doesn’t allow citizens living abroad to vote in general elections. The logic is clear: if you’ve already voted with your feet — and are not prepared to pay the price of your vote in terms of Scandinavian tax levels, biannual wars and a public transport system that hasn’t improved much since independence — then you shouldn’t have the right to influence the future of those of us who choose to stay.
Recently, a bunch of Knesset members from the Likud and Israel Beiteinu have started to think about how they best can ensure that they stay on the gravy-train also after the next parliamentary elections — which, considering the fact that this is Israel, can’t be that far off.
The brilliant idea that they’ve come up with is to let Israeli ex-pats vote.
I assume they think that people who aren’t forced to work for minimum wage, fight wars or send their kids to schools with forty pupils per class are more inclined to vote for such policies than those for whom it’s a part of their daily life.
And that does make a lot of sense.
However, the proposal has a flaw. Even though it’s presented as a great Zionist act to reconnect the émigré community with the homeland, it would not only grant the right to vote to those who have abandoned the Zionist project, but could ironically enough also put our fate in the hands of those who never believed in it in the first place.
I doubt whether the right-wing politicians who came up with this scheme have thought it through properly.
Entry filed under: Politics.