Israeli voters apathetic about this week’s elections
Kehila News, Kehila News Israel Staff, September 16,2019
With no dearth of dire national issues facing Israel including threats from both the northern and southern borders and nuclear armament in Iran, it is perhaps incongruous that voters are treating the upcoming election this Tuesday with such extreme, and perhaps unprecedented, apathy.
Tuesday’s turnout is expected to be the lowest ever, according to some polls. Many pundits attribute that to election fatigue among the electorate. The previous elections were held just six months ago and, though he was given the nod to form a new government, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a stable, majority government.
The parliament voted to dissolve itself and go to new elections, which were scheduled for Sept. 17.
Now with the same political players – some of whom switched parties in the past few months – and more or less the same results predicted by the polls, most voters have no hope for a different outcome. Hence they may not go to the polls.
Even the politicians seem to be experiencing a form of fatigue. Until the past two weeks campaign signs and commercials were hard to come by. The six-month gap between elections is Israel’s shortest in its 71-year-history.
Neither Netanyahu, facing a series of corruption scandals, nor his chief rival Benny Gantz stand to be sure winners.
“Never before… has an Israeli election elicited such indifference and apathy from potential voters,” a Jerusalem Post editorial said last week. “Many voters are deciding that their opinions just do not really matter and are going to stay away from the polls.”