Israel's democracy allows it. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
  • p.TextOutput { R static java.lang.String p.mt = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; R static java.lang.String p.publicInterfaces = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValued'; R static java.lang.String p.beanClass = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; RW java.lang.String value = '0'; R transient java.lang.Object _data = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.NumberInputPolicy'; },ModelStore=com.polopoly.model.ModelStoreInMap p.TextOutput { R static java.lang.String p.mt = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; R static java.lang.String p.publicInterfaces = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValued'; R static java.lang.String p.beanClass = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; RW java.lang.String value = '0'; R transient java.lang.Object _data = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.NumberInputPolicy'; },ModelStore=com.polopoly.model.ModelStoreInMap
    • David
    • 22.01.13 | 18:20 (IST)

    There is nothing that prevents an Arab, a Chinese person or a Martian for that matter. The requirements are that the Prime Minister of Israel must be an elected member of Knesset (parliament) and he must be over the age of 21. There are different rules over who is allowed to run for parliament, they include Israeli citizenship and the requirement of not holding various public or military offices. In order to get enough votes, the party must have a platform that will attract voters. The party that is most likely to form a majority or coalition majority is requested by the President to assemble a government. If no Arab members of Knesset are asked to form a government, it is because they are unable to present a platform that Israeli citizens will vote for, just like in any parliamentary democracy.

    from the article: Britain: Israel's next government must understand two-state solution is almost dead
    First published 17:14 22.01.13 | Last updated 17:14 22.01.13
Haaretz Headlines
Padnos during the shooting in Israel of his documentary.

'I've seen the next generation of Al-Qaida killers'

U.S. journalist Theo Padnos, held hostage by the Nusra Front in Syria, talks exclusively to Haaretz one year after his release.

 Gov. Mike Huckabee.

10 comments on the purveyors of Jewish hate-porn

Israel will overcome the Iranian threat - but the American Jewish community could succumb to right-wing Inquisitors who aim to tear it apart.

A palm tree grows in the Errachidia reservoir near the Ziz oasis, Morocco, March 7, 2009.

Could climate change be Arab world's biggest threat?

A heat wave in Russia may have been the catalyst behind the Arab Spring. What happens if the world's major food exporters – the United States and Europe – are faced with a long-term drought?

Daniel and Senait's wedding

An Israeli party crasher says farewell

Writing columns about ostensibly common Israeli events over the last three years was truly an education. A postscript.