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.
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… 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: