Longings and Disappointments: A Voter in Exile in New York

As a weary Israeli whose shoulders are stiff from 20-plus years of voting eligibility and the intolerable responsibility of its implications, this year I am having a respite. But I can't escape all Israelis' feelings of helplessness about the political situation, our compromises of conscience and the grave price we will all be paying for the election's likely outcome.

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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...