Voting abroad - small step to national maturity - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Paul Usiskin
    • 09.02.10 | 09:47 (IST)

    Its a one time phenomenon - disagreeing with Gideon Levy. Firstly so many other 'democracies', 'civilised societies' have ex-pat voting - the USA, the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Secondly it is a nonsense to presume the voting patterns of all Israelis abroad. Thirdly it should have been a right conferred on all Israelis who choose to reside abroad, but such a long time was spent denying that there were substantial numbers of Israelis who made that choice, and treating them as if they were traitors - so fragile was and is Israelis' sense of themselves and the strength of their self- belief as a nation. This would be one small step to national maturity - regardless of the ulterior motives of the man promoting it, or his family members who would exercise that right to vote.

    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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