Wednesday 21 April at 5.00pm (UK time)
ICAHD UK Webinar
'The Undemocratic Elections in Israel and Palestine'
Jeff Halper and Salem Barahmeh
On 23rd March, Israel held its fourth election in two years, but with no clear winner will Netanyahu be able to form a coalition government, or will a fifth election be needed in the next few months? Thirty-nine parties competed for 120 seats in parliament. Thirteen parties passed the electoral threshold, from which a coalition of 61 seats is necessary to form a government. For most of the past three or four decades there have been few stable majorities thus coalitions are formed by a method of “horse-trading” in which the public has no influence. In addition, Israeli citizens do not have representatives and must select a party closest to one’s personal views and vote for whatever list of candidates it provides. So Israeli democracy is anything but participatory. Read more...