Thursday, February 7, 2013


Post Israel elections
By Kirill Pashkov 

As we know, recent Knesset elections on the 22nd of January promised us to show something newand they actually did. After last year's protest events in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, as well as after the March of Millions, people's politicalegoes have activated and demanded actionThis necessity has spurred amazing proportions of the Parliament Seats: 61 for the right-wing with Benjamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Liberman, and 59 places on the left with Eal Lapid andSheli Ehimovich. Comparing to the previous results, Parliament achieved its balance at last, which is a very good sign for the near future of Israel. 

A number of Tel Aviv residents could feel the unity in the air, which almost never happened before. There is a very interesting thing about Tel Aviv's life: it's very unique and united, especially in questions of politics. It is almost like anindependent state inside the larger country of Israel. Almost all Tel Aviv citizens gave their votes for the Left Wing, reflective of the protests of 2011. Tel Aviv is most open-minded in such questions as homosexuality, economics, religion, and life in general. 

One Tel Avivi, a manager of a wine store, says that the election results truly disappointed her, and even more so the people who voted for the Right Wing. "I don't understand,” she exclaims pessimistically. Why do people vote for Bibiagain? Do they miss the old problems? Or want some more?

She personally gave her vote for Avoda - Sheli Ehimovichvowing that Sheli is a very charismatic character and she is the only one who can actually solve the socio-economical problems. 

"Eal Lapid is a great option. People voted for him, because he is new. He is notapart of this system, rotten from the insideand that is good. We need some fresh blood in our political body."

The right wing achieves more Parliament places due to the lack of unity among the opposing parties. People voted for small parties, some of which didn't even pass the percentage barrier and caused the loss of votes for the stronger parties, such as Esh Atid and Avoda.    

Yoni Eilat, an actor, also voted for Avodaclaiming that almost all of his university peers voted left, as leftist views and policies tend to be Tel-Aviv's priority. 

I am ok with the results,” - Eilat concludes. “It could be better, but why complain now? How to work on something that we've got. Something that does make me happy is that Bibi lost his string positions, but I am not sure yet about Lapidnotsure if he will have enough courage to do something around Bibi and Liberman. They'll try their best not to let him do anything. I hope that they will manage to cooperate. Of course its better if Lapid will go on his own, but he was always achicky(?) conformist, event in his journalist times.” He ended this statement feeling uneasy.

In the center of Tel Aviv there is cafe that is almost twenty years old. It's a very nice place, owned by a man from Georgia. The main aspects that interested him in the candidates’ political programs were
tax problems, high costs of living, and s
ecurity measures.
He gave his vote for Eldad Yaniv on the left.

The owner explained, "I want somebody to deal with the corruption inside the business sphere, because it is impossible to work when your concurrents are playing unfair. Out of recent elections made the conclusion that people want to gather to solve our economic and security problems. And that is the beginning of positive change in our society.
When it comes to Eal Lapid , I am not sure about him. He is new for me, so time will show everything. Now they just have to form the government."

Some interviewees did not vote at all, following the idea of one house for allJews, and stated that it does not matter who is in Knessetas long as they areJewish, it is okay. Those people are mostly representatives of apolitical Haredimorganizations, which form a minority. 

Israel achieved the political balance: the rights and the left now have equal chances, but one question remains: will the two fractions cooperate and solve thecountry's most pressing issues or they will their conflicts result with theirinitiatives’ collapse? Time will only tell.