No way to run a democracy

Electoral reform won't suffice to fix the short-term-ism that is destroying Israel’s capacity for long-term planning; reform of the internal processes of the parties themselves is required.

August 18, 2016 12:58
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BENJAMIN NETANYAHU and finance minister Moshe Kahlon.. (photo credit: REUTERS/BAZ RATNER)

MY DAUGHTERS love playing musical chairs. They sit in a circle with the chairs facing outward – one fewer than the number of players. When the music starts, the kids scurry around the chairs. When the music stops, they sit – randomly catching the nearest chair.

It is highly amusing, but produces total chaos. The children step on each other’s toes, bump into each other and topple chairs. The winner isn’t necessarily the fastest or best. Rather, she is the one who elbowed her way to an open chair or had the luck of standing in the right place at the right time.


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