The Israeli Knesset does not represent the people too well. No member of the Knesset is elected by a direct vote since the people vote for parties, and most names on the party lists are not too familiar to the voters. The result is that Knesset Members respond to the people who put them on the party list, not to the population at large. When dealing with critical issues affecting the boundaries and nature of the state, it is better to have a referendum which will actually represent the people. A referendum will also bring about a public debate which will educate the public, and even Knesset members, about the ramifications of the required change. In this, it is good to recall the Gaza evacuation by Sharon. There was no public debate and no real Knesset debate. Sharon imposed the evacuation on his Likud MK's, with the exception of a few rebels, and the Left was so delighted that it supported the move regardless. The result was that the evacuation was not carried out in the best way. A debate might have shown that it was better to carry it out in cooperation with Abbas rather than unilaterally, and that it would be better to hold on to a strip along the Egypt border. These flaws gave rise to much future trouble, and could have been avoided if an extensive debate had been held.
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