How Israel's Electoral System Brings the Country's Fringes Into Its Center

Israel’s confusing plethora of small parties actually keeps Ḥaredim and Israeli Arabs, in particular, from becoming too alienated.

Arab Israeli leaders Aymam Udeh and Ahmad Tibi at the campaign launch for their joint party Ḥadash-Ta’al on March 13, 2019. Flash90.

Arab Israeli leaders Aymam Udeh and Ahmad Tibi at the campaign launch for their joint party Ḥadash-Ta’al on March 13, 2019. Flash90.

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April 8 2019
About the author

Evelyn Gordon is a commentator and former legal-affairs reporter who immigrated to Israel in 1987. In addition to Mosaic, she has published in the Jerusalem Post, Azure, Commentary, and elsewhere. She blogs at Evelyn Gordon.


Like Haviv Rettig Gur in “How and Why Israelis Vote,” I, too, think the advantages of Israel’s parliamentary system outweigh its disadvantages, and for essentially the same reason: because it keeps a great many people in the political system who would otherwise remain outside it.

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