'Internet Filter Party' Drops Out of Election
At least one minor party that was unlikely to make it into the Knesset has decided to drop out of the election race. The Atid Echad party, which advocated the elimination of pornography, has informed the Central Election Committee that it wished its name to withdrawn from the list of parties running for the Knesset.
The party had one candidate, Yechezkel Stelzer. According to Israeli election law, the minimum votes required for a party to enter the Knesset would be sufficient for two seats. Thus, if his party had passed the minimum vote threshold, Stezler would have had to name a second individual to take a seat in the Knesset.
Atid Echad was truly a “single issue” party, seeking to legislate a requirement that internet service providers ensure that anyone who wished to avail him or herself of an internet filter to stop pornography be provided one for free. The party's television commercials stressed that access to pornography was perhaps the biggest problem facing Israelis, especially youth, and likened pornography consumption to drug use – with viewers of pornographic sites becoming “hooked” on the experience, and their freedom to reject the sites deteriorating until it disappeared.
Stezler did not publicly announce why he decided to pull Atid Echad from the race. Thirty two parties are currently running for Knesset representation.