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The Flaw in Israel's Electoral System

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14.01.2019

We need to change the electoral system — and not by switching to the Anglo-American system of geographic districts. We need to adopt an electoral system that might begin to heal our sick political system.

Back when Benjamin Netanyahu was finance minister (2003-2005), he spoke with me about opinion polling, noting that even when he was elected prime minister in 1996, he was seen as “negative.”

By “negative,” he meant that, according to polling, most Israelis didn’t like him. Nevertheless, he was elected prime minister in a system of direct election of the prime minister at the time. His negative has always been higher than his positive, Netanyahu continued, but then, at the time of our conversation, for the first time, his positive was greater than his negative.

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