Let them vote!
March 26, 2012 23:22
Israelis living abroad for no longer than four years and who intend to return home should be given the right to vote.
Haredi man casts ballot elections 390 (R).
(photo credit:Gil Cohen Magen / Reuters)
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.