Secret Behind New Elections in Israel
By Micah Halpern
Thursday May 30, 2019
I've Been Thinking:
I'm certain that every single reader knows that Israel is heading to snap elections on September 17.
This new election is anything but predictable at this stage. There is no knowing who will win or even how many parties will run.
The most important lesson learned from the earlier election is the simple rule of coalition politics.
The party that gains the plurality -- the most seats -- is not always the party with most power. As we saw -- the breakdown of the coalition negotiations proved this point and catapulted Israel into another national vote.
The smaller parties which are courted by the election winner almost always have significant and power in negotiations. Even small parties exert strength and try to get as much as they can when they join the coalition.
This is coalition politics. This is parliamentary democracy.
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