* I want a government without extremists.
* I want a secular coalition, for separation between state and synagogue.
* I don’t want any more dangerous supposed peace processes.
If I voted Likud, I could be supporting a continuation of the previous coalition. Unlikely to happen. Bibi went to elections because he deemed 61/120 too small a majority after Lieberman left. After the first vote, he claimed victory getting 60 seats without Lieberman. Some victory.
If I voted Likud, I could also be supporting a Blue & White–Likud national unity government. That could be secular or not but, in my opinion, it would be likely, with or without Bibi at the helm, to start engaging in a dangerous peace process all over again. Not for nothing do the two main parties keep the content of Trump’s plan a secret until after the elections. Which is so scandalous, a form of election fraud in advance.
If I voted for a smaller rightwing party, to prevent a second false peace process, Oslo II, if they pass the threshold at all, I’d also, more or less, support a continuation of the present religious coalition. (See above.)
But if I vote Lieberman, I say that I want a secular national unity coalition without extremists but also without a majority for an Oslo II. His party will at least double, this election, and no one will be able to form any government without him. I like to have my vote count toward governing.
By promising to begin a Yisrael Beiteny LGBTQ-group, Lieberman has shown to go the way of modern democratic parties against any bigotry.
When such a middle-of-the-road coalition is being formed, extremists in the Likud and Blue & White will jump ship. Good riddance. And more-moderates from more-extremist parties will join. Most welcome.
If Bibi will be Prime Minister is more up to him than anyone else. (Yes, he brought two unnecessary elections upon us but I rather have him learn from it than have him punished for it.) I hope it’ll be him but Ayelet Shaked would be very capable too. (You want to object that she’s not from Yisrael Beitenu, the Likud or Blue & White? Doesn’t matter. The whole political map will change after the elections.) Anyway, in the end of the day, it’s not so important who’s PM. The coalition is what counts
Last but not least, why do I vote at all? It seems clear that there will be such a national unity coalition — as the only option. I tell you.
First, one never knows, with such shoddy polls. Complacency cost Hillary.
Second, you could say about all of life, G^d knows what He’s doing — why tire myself? Truth is that there are real pride and satisfaction in being invited to contribute and in actually making some effort.
Third, not voting is seen as not caring and we do care. We may be angry or disappointed at politics, but we must show we care. Vote anyone!