The Ultimate Israeli Party

Every election, Israel’s parliamentary system encourages the creation of small political parties that never manage to garner enough votes to actually win Knesset seats.

This year, the process has resulted in a party so sublime in its improbable Israeliness that it can never be equaled.

JTA reports:

Perhaps the most unusual alliance in this year’s election is between the Green Leaf Party, which has no seats in the Knesset, and the Pensioners’ Party, which has six. Renamed the Holocaust Survivors’ and Grown-Up Green Leaf Party, the party’s prime issues are legalizing marijuana and pensioners’ rights, especially…  Read More those of Holocaust survivors. One of the party’s TV ads shows party head Gil Kopatch smoking a joint at the grave of Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion.

Here’s another election commercial:

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5 Responses to “The Ultimate Israeli Party”

  1. Wooooow. Israeli society and politics will never cease to amaze me. Does this happen in other parliamentary countries too?

    Speaking of elections ads, Meretz has an ad in the “In the beginning they came for the communists, then the gays…there was no one left for me?” vein. Check it here. Maybe someone out there will translate it fully.

    Kung Fu Jew · January 29th, 2009 at 7:35 pm
  2. The JTA article is incorrect. This new party includes candidates who broke away from the Green Leaf Party (Aleh Yarok) and the Pensioners Party (Gil), but is not a merger between the two; both of those parties are still running on their own in this election.

    BZ · January 29th, 2009 at 9:06 pm
  3. Translation of the Meretz ad:

    Without loyalty, no citizenship
    Without Judaism, no citizenship
    Without Zionism, no citizenship
    Without [army] service, no citizenship

    Without Arabs
    Without Druze
    Without gays
    Without the Supreme Court
    Without leftists

    Unless you pay attention
    Lieberman will get you too

    Lieberman must be stopped
    Only a vote for the New Movement / Meretz
    Is a net vote
    For a coalition that will not sit
    With Bibi and Lieberman

    Don’t compromise. Vote.

    BZ · January 29th, 2009 at 9:35 pm
  4. [...] legalization activists who split from the Green Leaf party, along with Holocaust survivors, and the video says it all. Will the free media inspired by this outlandish combination be enough to consolidate [...]

    February Madness Cliffs Notes | Jewschool · February 5th, 2009 at 1:46 am
  5. [...] an interesting video. It’s for the Holocaust Survivors and Grown-Up Green Leaf Party. And, no, you really [...]

    Fruits and Votes » Prof. Shugart's Blog » The ‘Ultimate Israeli Party’ · February 7th, 2009 at 12:05 am

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