Sunday, April 02, 2006

Could someone please explain the logic of this to me? Everybody who claims to be concerned about Israel's democracy complains about the low voter turnout last week, and everybody understands that making sure the next coalition somehow expresses the wishes of those voters who bothered to come and vote would be a key element of helping voters to trust politicians a bit more. So why do some wanglers try so hard to ( threaten to ) form a government without the party that received about 25% of the votes? O.k., Labor did better than the opinion polls expected, but it still lost two seats compared to the previous elections, and its arrogance is completely unjustified. The fairest and most logical step now would be to allow Ehud Olmert to try and build a stable coalition. Every effort to sabotage that is proof that when it comes to ( Israeli ) politics and politicians, plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

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