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.