Nu? How do you choose which party is best to vote for?
Israel has such a large confusing choice of political parties, which change from elections to elections. There are those who are loyal to their party, through thick and thin, no matter what their performance or what's happening in the country. Some people will always vote Labor or Agudah or Likud or NRP, no matter what name is used. There's their letter/s on the ballot, א, ב, ג, מחל which hasn't changed much for decades. Those single letter parties have been since the very first elections, Labor, NRP and Aguda. The ח in מחל remains from the חירות Herut Party of Menachem Begin and former Etzel fighters. But most of the other political parties are either much newer or brand new and will end up being postscripts in the history books and academic articles of the January, 2013, elections.
Even though the minimal percentage required for a party to be represented in the Knesset has increased in recent decades, there have still been new parties that somehow pass it and serve, usually without too much distinction except as food for comedians and satires.
|Dry Bones, Kadima|
Personally, I don't see the point of voting for a supermarket party, one which has Knesset candidates who support a variety of conflicting viewpoints. Honestly, if that's your idea of a political party, you may as well stay home, since obviously you have no real opinion or desire to see specific policies. Those parties are the more "Center" ones which this year include, Likud, Kadima, NRP-Bayit Yehudi and Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid.
Are you confused?
The Likud voters and some of the very popular MKs are strongly Right and in favor of Jewish Life and Jewish Civil Rights in all of the Land of Israel, but please remember that all of the greatest destructions of Jewish communities and withdrawals were due to Likud Governments, both Menachem Begin and Arik Sharon. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who although can give the most fantastic speeches about Jewish rights, history etc has made it very clear that he's Centrist and has allowed extreme Left Ehud Barak to rule us in the way of the British Mandate, seriously restricting the growth of Jewish building etc. Bibi is a strong leader, and he keeps his MKs and ministers in line.
The Bayit Yehudi, which is the old veteran NRP, has expanded to make it a broader-based party. It always had its Leftist element and the aim to protect its interests and find a way to be in the coalition. Naftali Bennett, its new leader, has brought in non-Torah observant candidates who otherwise agree with his policies. Yes, there are some strong Right and in favor of Jewish Life and Civil Rights in all of the Land of Israel people high on its list, but they will have to be reined in if Bennett gets his dream to be a cabinet minister. Bibi won't allow opposition from his coalition.
Please think about this. In part two, we'll get to the actual issues. What really is the most important issue as far as you're concerned?