Home Ed: 44: May/2019
Ed: 44: May/2019
Israel just completed its general election on April 9. Australia is set to follow Israel to the polls on May 18. This coincidence is a reminder of the precious democratic values and practices the two nations share in common.
One negative to come out of the Israeli election on April 9 was the decline in turnout among Arab Israelis. According to some reports only 44% turned out to vote, compared to 63.5% in the last election in 2015 (overall turnout was also down, but to a much smaller degree).
No one asks us – the children of the Israeli Golan who were born after 1967. Yes, I am an Israeli and nothing associates me with Syria except for the slogans I have been hearing for almost 50 years.
Israel’s response to President Trump’s plan will reflect its commitment to seek a peace that guarantees its security and so will probably be “Yes, but”.
In what is likely a healthy change for Israel’s fractious politics, Likud and Blue and White will command 60% of the next Knesset, as opposed to the 45% commanded by Likud and the Zionist Union in the departing Knesset.
A Sunday afternoon ritual is anti-AIPAC demonstrations outside the conference venue. I spent some time among the rag-tag assembly broadly united on the theme of #stopAIPAC. It was interesting to see and hear the arguments or slogans being proferred and who was doing the proferring.
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