January 20, 2013 | 11:20 am
Posted by Noga Gur-Arieh
On January 22nd, Israel will vote for its new Knesset, and choose the Prime Minister to lead it. Much unlike the American system, here, we have countless parties with countless ideologies to choose from. Behind the curtain, we will cast our ballot, and choose one party only. The person leading the party which will get the most votes, will become Israel's next Prime Minister. I asked some of my friends to tell me, and you, whom they are planning to vote for, and why. Some knew the answer right away, some are still struggling. Each day, I will post a different column with a different opinion. Take into account that this is merely a taste of all the parties competing for our votes. Today, Mattan Faber will explain his choice of voting Meretz.
My vote goes to Meretz/Mattan Faber
Something has changed in the last few years. Not so much in me, as in the Israeli society. From everything I see and hear, the Israeli society has become more extreme in its opinions, more religiously oriented, more racist, more intolerant, and more self oriented than ever. This is not the kind of society that I want to be a part of. I want to be a part of a society that sees social responsibility as the way it should run, where people understand that they are a part of something bigger that themselves, their family or their circle of friends, and that the fact that you were born Jewish, rich, or a male, does not mean that you deserve more than someone else, or that you are somehow better than someone else because of it.
I want to be part of a society that cherishes life and welfare and community more than land and profit and religion, a society that don’t care where you are from, but who you are. I want to be a part of a tolerant, accepting and supportive society, not a racist, hateful and dominating one. I want to be a part of a society that wants and works for peace with the Palestinians and Arab countries, not of a society that is war happy and bloodthirsty. I want to be a part of a society that sees democracy and the protection of minorities as a value, not as a way to control and abuse power over others. I want to live in a modern, free society, where women can sing and ride in the front the bus and wear what they want, and where the government is there to take care of the weak and those in need, and not as a tool for the rich and powerful to become more rich and powerful. I want to live in a country where people will be free to practice their religion, but also able to be free from religion and religious coercion.
For me, Meretz is a way to get there. Meretz has been working towards this kind of a society, and has been doing so for years. Meretz is the ONLY party that passes the threshold that has equal representation of men and women. Meretz has been supporting a social economical platform, and have tried to work against the corruption that has become so common in Israel and its government. Meretz is one of the few parties, and the only non-Arab party, that objected to the Cloud Pillar war in Gaza as well as others, but the same unnecessary wars, and called to keep on trying to reach an agreement with the Palestinians, for this is the only way to ensure peace and quiet for everyone in this region. For these reasons, I think that Meretz is the best choice for my vote. The only choice for my vote.
Mattan is a 29 year-old Communications and Film student, currently living in Tel-Aviv.
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