The first election in the history of the State of Israel was held on January 25th, 1949. I know that because the diary of my great-uncle Moshe Alpert has been circulating around my family. In it he described, with great emotion, that red-letter day when he, his wife and my grandfather, his brother, set out from their home at 5:35 A.M. for the polling station on Ethiopia Street in central Jerusalem. "After...