Say no to a two-party system

ByMICHAEL HARRIS
March 10, 2013 12:59

An electoral system like the US' would never prevent political gridlock since the very foundation of Israeli society is heterogeneous.

The Knesset in Jerusalem

Great generic picture of Knesset 370. (photo credit:Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)

Israel's electoral system seems to be despised by almost everyone. Is it not those small, pesky parties, that create so much instability in governance? It is analyses like this that lead many Israelis to support a two-party system, even though the current system is by far the best choice for the Jewish State.

Under the status quo, party lists compete for representation in the Knesset in a system of proportional representation. With a guarantee of Knesset seats for parties that win more than 2% of the vote, tiny parties are often able to squeak past the small electoral threshold. This creates difficulties for the prime minister, who is forced to create unstable coalition governments comprised of many small parties.

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