The build-up has certainly been there. It has even been quite exciting at times, it just has never really made it to this blog, as this is not a blog about politics. But this blog is about my life in Israel, and really, politics is part of that. Certainly on days like today.
My dad has always impressed on us the importance of voting whenever you have the right to vote, – it is more than a privilege, it is a responsibility! And now I am married to a man with the exact same attitude! I don’t know how many times he has updated his Facebook-status the last 24 hours, reminding everyone to get out and vote!!
We were hoping for a higher percentage of eligible voters to actually vote this time than in our last elections, so this was one of those times when we were actually HAPPY to wait in line! 🙂 And of course we have our children with us. (Yes, thankfully they are feeling better, to update those of you who have seen my recent posts.) They are of course convinced of whom they would have voted for, had they been able to vote! Our little cowboy says he will vote for Benjamin Netanyahu always, – at least until the day when he himself will run for prime minister, when he’ll have to vote for himself! 😉
Of course no party and no politician will represent my views one hundred percent, but I am convinced Benjamin Netanyahu is our best option for a political leader of our country right now. And for him to be able to really lead, he needs a strong party, so I am not one of those giving my vote to a small party that they hope will be there side by side with Netanyahu. In my opinion Netanyahu is what Israel needs in relation to our security situation and our economic situation, he seeks to bring unity and stability, and he has a real faith in the God of Israel and His promises to His people. I trust him.
We really want to maximize on days like these, to teach our children what democracy is all about. The thought that my vote weighs just the same as the prime minister’s vote is quite something!! By voting, we are able to influence and build our country. The fact that we are voting this time for the 19th Knesset, is also quite amazing. We are such a young country! (And at the same time so ancient!!!) It is very exciting to be a part of it all!
We are far from the only ones who bring our children to vote. There were plenty of other young families doing the same thing. This is really Israeli. The children are very much a part of everything. The command to teach our children, to bring our values and faith from generation to generation is something that encompasses all of life!
As I am writing this, we are sitting here in front of the TV, where they are telling us what it looks like will be the result of the elections. And what can I say… So far it doesn’t look good. Netanyahu will most likely still be our prime minister, but his party, Likud, is weakened. A new party with a former TV-personality as its leader is coming up with a huge amount of votes. That is democracy for you, I guess. And really, on days like these, I am proud to be part of the only real democracy in the Middle East! During the whole time leading up to the election, there has been advertisement encouraging us to vote, and there has been a substantial section said in Arabic, to make sure our arab population is also included and encouraged to take an active part in our democracy. There is no place like Israel!