The Elixir of Electoral Reform in Israel

There is no perfect balance. The question is whether there is a better balance than the present system. Or, alternatively, whether the present system and its built-in instability makes the country ungovernable.

Twenty years ago the Knesset passed a law revising the Israeli electoral system, providing for a hybrid parliamentary-executive system wherein the prime minister was to be elected by direct popular vote. This incongruous system was adopted after a lengthy public campaign calling for a change in the existing parliamentary system. In the Knesset it was led by Amnon Rubinstein, an expert on constitutional law;...