(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
“Shouldn’t the MKs who split from Labor last month resign and give their seats back to the party?” a high-school student asked me this weekend. “After all, people voted for Labor, not those particular MKs.”Legally, the answer is no: The law explicitly allows one-third or more of a faction to break away. But the fact that it’s legal doesn’t make it good for Israeli democracy. In an electoral system where people vote for parties rather than individuals, factional splits can legitimately make voters feel their votes have been stolen, and such complaints are in fact widely heard after every such split.