Before I share an article, I’ll do my best to explain what is going on in Israel following elections last Monday.
First, it is important to understand that in Israel people vote for a party, not a specific candidate. There are 120 seats in the Knesset (Israel’s parliament), and parties are awarded a proportional number of seats. At times, there are well over a dozen parties, though less than 10 this time around.
Following an election, Israel’s President (currently Reuven Rivlin) traditionally offers a mandate to the leader of the highest vote-getting party to form a government. Because it is very rare a single party would win at least 61 seats (a majority, necessary to form a government), the person given the mandate then has a limited time to put together a coalition of parties with the objective of filling 61 or more seats. If unsuccessful, the leader of the second highest vote-getting party (or perhaps the entire Knesset) is given the mandate to attempt to form a majority coalition.
Israel held its third election in a year because no one has been able to put together a coalition. As a result, Israelis are becoming very impatient and politicians are pulling out the stops in hopes of securing control of the government. (Similar to the battle in America to control Congress.)
If you think politics in America is underhanded and often on the verge (or beyond!) of pure evil, Israeli politics is no better! In fact, there are things happening in Israel now that actually threaten to destroy the democratic process there. It is disconcerting, because a fall from democracy would be catastrophic for Israel. Likewise, socialism in America could spell doom for our nation as well.
To better understand what is playing out in Israel, and the dangerous waters both Israel and the US may be treading toward, read Caroline Glick’s Democrats and Anti-Democrats.
What could cause the fall of democracy in our two countries? How about the rapture of the church and the coming of the lawless one (the Antichrist). The groundwork is there.