The most common reason given for not allowing Israeli expats to vote is existential: Someone who does not face the life-threatening risk of a suicide bomber, a Grad rocket, a gun-toting Palestinian “freedom fighter” or the threat of Iranian-made nuclear weapons hasn’t the right to determine the political policies that could mean the difference between life and death.

In Israel’s hyper-flammable geopolitical environment, say proponents of the status quo, we simply cannot risk permitting people on the ideological fringes to vote for a party that advocates the mass expulsion of Arabs or the creation of a binational state while living comfortably far away from the epicenter of the political earthquake that their decisions would create.

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