Letting Israelis Abroad Vote - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 09.02.10 | 17:26 (IST)

    Levi bases his opinion on only one thing: all the voters will vote right wing. He does not deal with the real issue involved-should these people have the right to vote in Israel or not regardless of political views? After all, there are left and right wing voters in Israel and all of them have the right to vote. The real issue is their connection with Israel. Do they pay taxes here or even file tax reports? Do they make NII payments? where is their center of life? These are the real issues. A student who goes to the U.S. to study for 4 years or so but still files tax reports and pays NII has the right to vote and should be allowed to. A person who goes to the U.S., claims he is no longer an Israeli resident and therefore is exempt from Israeli income tax or NII does not have the right to a say so in what goes on here. These are the issues Mr. Levi, not their political affiliation.

    from the article: If Israel lets ex-pats vote, what's to stop enfranchising all Jews?
    First published 02:15 09.02.10 | Last updated 10:10 09.02.10
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