As Ruthie Blum recently wrote in Israel Hayom:
Indeed, abstaining is not an option, and it shouldn’t be for anyone who has the privilege to cast a ballot. This right must never be taken for granted, especially in the Middle East, where we are the only population that does not have to fear being beaten or killed as a result of our choices. Nor need we lose a moment’s sleep about our physical well-being prior to, during, or after the forming of the next government. The worst that can happen on Jan. 22 is that some of us will be disappointed after the votes are counted.
Today at a weekly class I take, a different speaker each time, the question/subject was:
"What is/makes a leader?"
And of course, especially considering the upcoming elections here in Israel, we ended up talking politics. And of course, I ended up surprising my friends by telling them that their perceptions of which candidates and parties are reliable are wrong.
I see things very clearly, but differently from most. I'll never forget haring Binyamin Netanyahu clearly state that he considers himself Centrist and would run as Centrist, because he thinks that is what a Prime Minister should be. And the NRP aka Jewish Home Party has made it very clear that it is following its original policy to do whatever is needed to be in the coalition. So, when I add those two things together I see that the NRP, even under Naftali Bennett will compromise its principles to be in the cabinet.
And that means that although most voters who vote for Likud and NRP are Right and expect those parties to make a Right government, we'll get Center-Left policies.
If you really want to influence the government to go Right, for Jewish Rights in the entire Land of Israel, you must vote for a party that isn't running for Volvo's, aka cabinet portfolios.
That's why I plan on voting Otzma LeYisrael.
I'm more afraid of Bibi in power than Bibi in the opposition, not that any of the Left leaders have a chance to put together a government.
There's no guarantee that comes with voting a certain party, but we must make the best effort we can. And G-d willing it will be good!