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Stabilizing government without undermining democracy

In Israel, no party has ever received a majority of the votes and been able to govern alone. Normally elections result in broad coalition governments that enjoy the support of a secure majority in the parliament. Not this time, when the new government will be based on the slimmest possible majority.

Such a government will of course be incapable of taking desirable decisions and implementing them effectively. It will worsen the chronic ungovernability in the Israeli political system (see Rubinstein & Wolfson, “Absence of government,” 2012).

Not only has the new coalition government already agreed to reverse legislation passed by the previous period, it risks being extremely short-lived and won’t be able to carry out long-term policies.

More than ever, cabinet ministers will treat their ministries as personal fiefdoms, abuse the mechanism of political appointments and will not cooperate with each other to solve problems. Forget about restarting the peace process.

Contrary to what Gideon Levy recently wrote in Haaretz, the Israeli people didn’t vote for such a government and deserves better. We need to find solutions for forming stable governments without undermining democracy.

Mose Apelblat, Brussels

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