Lieberman pull not limited to the right
Elections are less than a week away, and many voters remain undecided. Yisrael Beiteinu is expected to be a major beneficiary of voters disaffected with their former parties, but their competitors for "swing" votes are not always what one would expect.
Avivi, 30, is wavering between Yisrael Beiteinu or Meretz. "The country has to go to an extreme. The centrist parties - Labor, Kadima and Likud - have not delivered the goods," he says.
"Ultimately we will return to the 1967 borders, but even that will take time - a year, two years or maybe a decade. Bibi [Netanyahu] will return the Golan and Jerusalem will be divided," he says." Not that I support that, but that's what will happen." Avivi says if he votes for Lieberman, it will be largely because he believes every Israeli citizen must perform either military or national service.
"If you want to enjoy rights from the government, then you have to do that. It's unacceptable that MKs who are supposed to be loyal servants of the state meet with our enemies and indirectly call for the state to be destroyed, and still receive salaries and national insurance [payments]," he says.
If he votes Meretz, however, it is not because of the left-wing party's security platform, but its social agenda. "Even though their hearts bleed a little too much," he adds.
Skullcap-wearing residents of the south are also trying to narrow in on a decision. In the past they voted largely for the National Religious Party, but this time around many say they are also considering voting Lieberman.
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