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Which of the parties can best navigate Israel through this rough period?

12/30/2012, 6:26 PM

A7 Radio's "Walter's World" with Walter Bingham
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If you want to be informed about Israel’s forthcoming elections, Walter’s World is the programme for you - bringing all sides of the story.

In this country there are just over 5.5 million registered voters in 2013 and they have 34 parties to choose from. Yes, you read it correctly. Thirty-four.
That means there is a party for every 162,000 Israelis.   Isn’t this a crazy state of affairs?  The inevitable effect is that no single party will have an overall majority and we shall again have a coalition government where every constituent section will pull in a different direction, looking for their own instead of the country’s benefit and  making effective governance and particularly foreign policy extremely difficult.  The British slogan Right or wrong – my country  unfortunately finds no resonance here.
Walter brings you some of those parties’  policies including the New Pensioners Party  and the loonies you never heard of.
Also in this programme disturbing news about some of the religious leadership.

Voting tickets with Israeli political party's respective names and codes. A voter takes a slip, seals it in an envelope, and deposits it in a box for the slips to be tallied.

Walter Bingham was born in Germany. Just days before the outbreak of WWII, with the help of a Zionist youth movement he was selected for a place on the ‘Kindertransport’ to Great Britain. Walter saw front line action during the Normandy invasion of Europe and was awarded the Military Medal for ‘Bravery in the Field’. In England Walter also acted in films including several Harry Potter films. On the day of his Aliyah in August 2004 he transferred his programme ‘Walter’s World’ to Israel National Radio as a weekly Magazine programme and it has been running here regularly ever since. Walter is an accomplished public speaker and was a member of a visiting panel of lecturers at schools throughout the UK, where he spoke on events in the Third Reich. He has also spoken at schools in the USA and addressed audiences in Israel.
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