New immigrants to Israel may find it difficult to understand Israel's political system. The truth is most native Israelis are in the same boat. This is why I wrote Jewish Statesmanship: Lest Israel Fall six years ago.
In any country having democratic elections, the elections are not the most important thing. They do not ensure that that country is a democracy. More significant is the relational bond between the electors and the elected. In other words, after the elections are over, will those who make the laws of the country be under public control? Will those seeking reelection have to account for their record in office? This depends very much on a country's parliamentary election rules.
Israel's parliamentary elections rules enable those elected to the Knesset to ignore the opinions and interests of their electors with impunity. The reason is this: » Continue reading “Election Rules Matter”