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Five Ways of Looking at the Knesset

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This is the way the results of the elections are being presented in the Israeli press:

Centre Left Bloc                                           Right Bloc

Other, perhaps more accurate ways to present the election results:

Left Bloc                                                         Right Bloc

Non-Jews                                                               Jews

Women                                                                     Men

Willing to take the necessary steps for a two-state solution?

Willing                                                            Unwilling

Comments

  1. klhoughton says:

    Sad most about that last. Jewish history (see the tale of living in Egypt that ends with Pesach, crossing a sea of reeds, and forty years of refusing to ask directions) tells us that having a majority population without representation is not sustainable.

    Given the choice between a Jewish state and a Democratic one, I personally would prefer the latter. But we didn’t start from there, and an independent Jewish state is hardly a valueless proposition.

    Given that, if the descendants of those who formed Israel and its post-1948 immigrants, wish to retain the former and not abjure the latter, the choices are spin-off (“two-state”) or treating non-Jews as equivalent to slaves. I’m not certain either of those is sustainable, but the choice is that of those who see the daily interactions.

    Whether they still believe a decision can be deferred or have made their choice is not clear from the vote, but let us be optimistic for the moment.

  2. Farbror 77 says:

    In the diagram Non-Jews/Jews, there seems to be 130 members of Knesset, while the others have 120, which is the correct total.


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