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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Diaspora Jews Voting in Israeli Elections?

Every once in a while, and getting more frequent, there's talk of allowing all Jews, no matter where they live, to have the right to vote in Israeli Elections. I've even read that Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu likes the idea. In all honesty I think it stinks. And that is the most polite way I can describe how I feel.

I take the right to vote very seriously. That's why I don't vote in American elections, even though I have full legal rights to do so. I don't live in the United States, nor do I get anything from it, besides the right to a passport, which isn't free. But if I really find myself having to fill out American Income Tax forms, paying an accountant to do it for us or even worse being taxed by the Americans I may change my mind. And that's only because of that famous slogan and rallying cry:
No taxation without representation!
If the American Government thinks it can tax me without my voicing an opinion, they're wrong. I think that many more expat Americans will make an effort to vote if our foreign income becomes their business. Please remember that I was born and raised in New York to New York born parents. But my husband and I left for Israel in the summer of 1970, and since then we are Israelis. And although we are of retirement age, we do not get Social Security, because we didn't work long enough in America.

But this is about Jews from all over the world voting in my elections, Israeli Elections. Just because someone is or claims to be Jewish doesn't give him/her the right to chose the Government, the Knesset Members in the State of Israel!

I will give you two very simple reasons why it's a totally fokokt idea:

  • Who is a Jew? Defining Jew by Jewish Law, Hitler's definition or culinary likes? Do you have any better or more creative way?
  • In Israel there are so many political parties and issues, it's hard enough for us Israeli newshounds and political pundits to choose the best party, how would some self-proclaimed Jew in India, Moscow, Peru or even in New Jersey have a clue?
At present there isn't even a way for tax-paying, IDF serving Israelis out of the country to vote. 

At present for a returning or visiting Israeli to get coverage in the Israeli health system, he/she must first pay back money owed to the system. If someone isn't "Israeli enough" to get care from the Kupat Cholim (sick fund) of his/her choice, then why let that person vote in Knesset Elections?

I think that only Israelis who are paid up should get absentee voting rights. 

Voting for Israeli Elections should only be for those who live here and those who pay all taxes as if they lived here. Our issues are too serious to be put in the hands of those who have nothing to lose. 

6 comments:

Mr. Cohen said...

PAT CONDELL SAID:

“Irrational Islamic Jew-hatred is the root cause of the problem in the Middle East.”

PAT CONDELL SAID:

“It is often said, because it is true, that if the Arabs laid down their weapons, there would be peace, but if the Jews laid down their weapons, they would be massacred, because the Arabs, the Muslims Arabs for all you hair-splitters out there, don’t want peace, they want the Jews dead.”

SOURCE: Useful idiots for Palestine by Pat Condell
www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeGYAfh9A1k

MICROBIOGRAPHY:
Pat Condell is an atheist who was born in Ireland around 1950 CE and raised in England as a Roman Catholic and educated in Church of England schools.

Mr. Cohen said...

PAT CONDELL SAID:

“I no longer believe that the Israelis should give back Jerusalem…

PAT CONDELL SAID:

Experience has taught us that the Islamic mentality views ANY concession as weakness to be exploited further. And besides, too many so-called Palestinians seem less concerned with peace and freedom, than with driving Jews into the sea, so the bombings would not stop.”

“The truth is that Jews have contributed more to humanity than any other group of people; way more than Muslims, vastly more than Muslims…”

SOURCE: Why do Muslims always blame the Jews? by Pat Condell
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziXyfLf-oxI

MICROBIOGRAPHY:
Pat Condell is an atheist who was born in Ireland around 1950 CE and raised in England as a Roman Catholic and educated in Church of England schools.

Mr. Cohen said...

PAT CONDELL SAID:

“Is it racist to criticize the Palestinians as the world’s most tiresome cry-babies, with a bogus cause, and a plight that is entirely self-inflicted?

...I see the Palestinian cause as a lie; a lie designed to exploit Western liberal guilt...”

PAT CONDELL SAID:

“Every concession Israel makes is met with more demands, and more excuses not to negotiate; they [the Palestinians] could have had peace ten times over if they wanted it, but they [the Palestinians] don’t want peace, they want victory, and they won’t be happy until Israel is wiped from the map.”

SOURCE: Pat Condell Finally Gets it on Israel
www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuVx_7ER09Y

MICROBIOGRAPHY:
Pat Condell is an atheist who was born in Ireland around 1950 CE and raised in England as a Roman Catholic and educated in Church of England schools.

Mr. Cohen said...

PAT CONDELL SAID:

“If we are serious about peace in the Middle East, then we need to stop pretending that the Israelis are dealing with a rational enemy they can negotiate with; because in doing that, we are helping to feed a massive political lie whose gravitational force has become so great, it has warped reality. It is Hamas who has turned Gaza into a ware-zone recently, not Israel…”

SOURCE:
Peace in the Middle East by Pat Condell
www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNNhG0zDtA8

MICROBIOGRAPHY:
Pat Condell is an atheist who was born in Ireland around 1950 CE and raised in England as a Roman Catholic and educated in Church of England schools.

Mr. Cohen said...

PAT CONDELL SAID:

“Once again, we see thousands of Islamic nut-cases take time-out from beating-up their wives to show their sensitive side. How?

By smashing-up the towns they live in, egged-on by clerical ignoramuses whose motives are even lower than the literacy level of their followers.

And once again, we in the civilized world are being urged to censor ourselves out of respect for a religion [Islam] that violates the human rights of half the people on the planet and that doubles as a political ideology that is indistinguishable from Nazism.”

PAT CONDELL SAID:

“The Turkish Prime Minister hilariously demands that Islamo-phobia now be made a Crime-Against-Humanity; when given the evidence, there is a much stronger case for making Islam a Crime-Against-Humanity.”

SOURCE: A word to rioting Muslims by Pat Condell
www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCXHPKhRCVg

MICROBIOGRAPHY:
Pat Condell is an atheist who was born in Ireland around 1950 CE and raised in England as a Roman Catholic and educated in Church of England schools.

Mr. Cohen said...

PAT CONDELL SAID:

“All anyone needs to know about the Middle East conflict is that: the Jews want peace and the Arabs don’t, because the Arabs hate Jews for religious reasons and they want them dead. Politics and territory are just excuses.”

PAT CONDELL SAID:

“The relentless focus solely on Israel that ignores the world’s real human rights violators tells us that this [BDS] is an anti-Semitic movement, and if you’re are part of it, then you’re are part of that too. If Israel was a Christian or a Buddhist country, there would not be any BDS campaign, and everyone knows it, just as there isn’t any BDS for Tibet, a country invaded and culturally-raped by the Chinese, but then, the Chinese aren’t Jews. No BDS for the Saudi Arabia for treating women like livestock, because the Saudis aren’t Jews, which is lucky for them, because if they were, they would have to ban themselves from entering their own country. How inconvenient!

Crude Islamic Jew-hatred has permeated the Middle East conflict from day one, yet its influence is always carefully omitted from all political analysis. Any doctor who diagnosed an illness as ineptly and dishonestly would deserve to be struck-off and prosecuted.

Palestinian leaders have had several chances for a two-state solution and they always rejected it because they don’t want a two-state solution, and they don’t care about the suffering of their people; they want all Jews out there or dead. The leader of Hezbollah is on record as saying that he won’t be happy until every Jew on earth is dead. Once you realize that this is the position, then whatever you think of Israeli security measures, your moral standpoint has to change. We know that if the Arabs would lay down their weapons, they could have peace and prosperity for all their people, and the Israelis would not need to build barriers or do anything else the world disapproves of; they could simply get on with what they do best; technological innovation, making life better for all of us, including Arabs.

One the other hand, we know that if the Israelis were to lay down their weapons, they would be massacred, men women and children alike. The Arabs are even happy to put their own children in the firing line to attack Jews, they hate them so much, and this hatred comes directly from their religion.”

SOURCE: Why I support Israel by Pat Condell
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHC8KC5cLs8

MICROBIOGRAPHY:
Pat Condell is an atheist who was born in Ireland around 1950 CE and raised in England as a Roman Catholic and educated in Church of England schools.