Divine election

The recent announcement of untimely elections in Israel is disturbing to many residents of this great and haphazard country. It makes one wonder if it is even worth the bother of voting, not to mention the heavy blow on the economy and nuisance of political campaigns. It is important to vote, but for the sake of governance.

Netanyahu has expressed that lack of governance is the reason for early elections. This may sound silly since the reason he lacks power is democratic: not enough people voted for him! Another paradox is that bureaucratic governance is hurt more than anything else by elections, which interrupt programs and halt progress. Yet the Prime Minister’s plea has integrity as it touches a deeper challenge to political governance in Israel due to lack of separation between executive and legislative branches.

In a truly democratic system of government, one official would be elected and held responsible to conduct policy. The current system loses democratic points in that his process is obstructed. Let the majority of the people decide to whom power, albeit restricted, be given for four years. If the nation is not pleased, then the executive power will be held accountable by the media, the legislative body and the government offices.

I do not revere Netanyahu but pray that he, or someone else, would at least have the chance to lead properly. If things remain the same, even if Netanyahu gets enough seats to maintain his office he will still be the loser and so will we.

About the Author
Natar has an MA in Jewish Thought from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He likes to read and write about politics, Jerusalem and messianism.
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