In any case, we won. Because people participated in the elections.
Because the voting rates were high.
When people vote, they give legitimacy to the government.
It’s a matter of trust: to vote, you need
to believe that the elections are fair and that voting matters.
I liked the feeling of our togetherness,
almost the same as we shortly experienced during the corona.
Israelis were talking to their friends, neighbors, and family and calling random strangers on the phone, urging them to vote.
If only we had other activities to do together that wasn’t so toxic and divisive.
The high voting rate is undoubtedly a victory for the Jewish people of Israel, but what about the Palestinians, the other people who live here?
Luckily for us- the Palestinians within the 1948 borders participate in the elections. They prefer to do and vote for the Arabs parties.
It would not have been good for Israel if they didn’t.
The millions who live in Gaza and the West Bank do not get the right to vote even though Israel controls every aspect of their lives – which calls to question the legitimacy of the fragile Israeli democracy.
Also, the Palestinians didn’t get to vote – Israel enforced a siege over the West Bank on the day of the elections.
The results of the elections would have been different if those living under the Israeli government had a say in the regime.
The most alarming trend of the elections is the rise of the Otzma Yehudit party to power, gaining twelve seats at the Knesset, according to the exit polls.
Otzma Yehudit is a party of Jewish supremacists whose vision is to transfer the Palestinian population- meaning, to expel them.
Panic and despair are easy to come by with such results
, but maybe we are better off with blatant racism and a possibility of an all-out civil war soon.