Israel's Election Changes the Guard - and More

Israel had a party on Election Day.  The weather was beautiful and people went to the beach and the parks by the tens of thousands.  They were in a very good mood.  And why not? For all the gloom and doom about Israel, its neighbors and its neighborhood, Israel celebrated its place in the very exclusive club of free and vibrant democracies. There are multiple parties (including the Pirate Party) and a free press to air the issues and the candidates. Women vote, ultra-Orthodox Jews -- including ultra-Orthodox women -- vote, poor people and rich people vote, Arab citizens vote. The Arab League, which explicitly rejects the legitimacy of the State of Israel, encouraged Israeli Arabs to get out the vote, something they didn't do for the Saudi or Yemeni or Omani election. Oh, yeah, right -- Arabs in those countries don't get to vote; they have no elections. The Google Doodle celebrated Israel at the polls. The votes haven't all been tallied, but a few things are...(Read Full Post)

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