On the eve of the Israeli elections, film maker Igal Hecht has released a trailer to his soon-to-be released film “My Election,” which is meant to take viewers on a journey into the future of Israeli democracy.
The trailer, which shows the booming, fast-paced streets of Tel Aviv and religious sites in Jerusalem, includes interviews with top candidates and asks the question, “This is my first time voting in an Israeli election, what should I be looking for?”
“The agenda is “just not Netanyahu,” is heard as the scene cuts to a clip of Moshe “Bogie” Ya’alon, who repeats the sentiment: “The agenda is a unity government led by us without Bibi Netanyahu.”
But then cut to Likud member Amir Ohana to contradict him: “I do think Netanyahu is one of the most important leaders the State of Israel ever had,” he says.
Anglo Michael Oren, who is not running for reelection explains, “You have a television station here that likes Netanyahu, but most don’t. You have a newspaper here that likes Netanyahu, but most don’t. “
And then Stav Shaffir reminds viewers, “Israeli democracy is much stronger than this government. “
The scenes move fast as the faces of Itamar Ben-Gvir of Otzma Yehudit and Tamar Zandberg of Meretz flash on the screen. A background narrative makes clear, ““The Israeli public has to decide between trying to achieve peace and not trying to achieve peace.”
Cut to Naftali Bennett - “I will do everything in my ability to stop the establishment of a Palestinian state” - and then Caroline Glick - “The whole discourse that we have had is completely removed from reality.”
Finally, viewers hear from Netanyahu: “We are a rising force in the world.”
The film will be released in full only after the election results are final.