Aw get off it Mark, Arabs would be worse off with reform - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Joe Sittizen
    • 31.12.09 | 11:31 (IST)

    Mark, Israel's proportional representation electoral system means you get the number of seats proportionate to the percentage of vote. If Likud gets 30% of the vote, then get 30% of the seats. If the Israeli Arabs ever voted together in one block, then they'd have 20% of the Knesset, or 24 seats - a HUGE voting block that would be impossible to ignore. They'd have tremendous legislative clout. However, they're too busy stabbing each other in the back (just like the Jews) and unable to unite under one flag. Well heck, that's democracy, isn't it? Going to direct elections would only mean that more Arabs from different parties would be elected. They may get more seats, but they still wouldn't be united. And, by the way, Burston is still way off base thinking that the Gaza border is the biggest mistake. Not even close. The two positive lessons from the past decade were the Lebanon and Gaza wars. Hezbollah and Hamas both back down in the face of overwhelming firepower.

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    First published 08:15 31.12.09 | Last updated 11:35 31.12.09
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