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Ariella Ringel Hoffman
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An election campaign billboard of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is defaced in Ramat Gan

Election Day is the gift our politicians keep giving us

Opinion: Israel's fourth election in two years was marked by uncertainty and gloom, but as we wait for the final results, we can at least take comfort in the knowledge that a fifth vote - and another vacation day - are right around the corner

Ariela Ringel Hoffman |
Published: 03.24.21 , 17:17
Another election - our fourth in two years - has come and gone with the wind. And while we have yet to receive any definite results, prior experience has taught us that no matter who the polls say is the winner, the actual winner is probably going to be Benjamin Netanyahu.
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  • Let’s face it, a fifth election round is imminent. For if the outgoing government has taught us anything, is that even when our elected leaders manage to put aside their differences and scrounge together the 61 seats they need to form a coalition, stability is in no way guaranteed in the country's current political climate.
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    Election campaign billboard showing portrait of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  in Ramat Gan is defaced
    Election campaign billboard showing portrait of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  in Ramat Gan is defaced
    An election campaign billboard of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is defaced in Ramat Gan
    (Photo: AP)
    Thanks to this now biannual farce we call Election Day, the people of Israel get a vacation day, whose weather this time felt a reflection of the national mood.
    The sun was hot and hazy, the dust on the wind was thick and heavy, and the air itself was brownish in color and nigh unbreathable.
    Despite the politicians cultivating the sense that the very fate of the country was on the line, voter turnout was unsurprisingly low compared to previous rounds.
    This was not because of the weather and the accompanying apocalyptic atmosphere but rather due to severe voter fatigue that has only grown worse with each ill-fated and publicly funded election.
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    A hot and hazy Tel Aviv at noon on Election Day
    A hot and hazy Tel Aviv at noon on Election Day
    A hot and hazy Tel Aviv at noon on Election Day
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    Many have found themselves tired of this ongoing charade that we call democratic elections. All the more exhausting was the news that this farce would most likely drag on until the weekend, when the full results finally come in.
    As we wait, at least we have the emotional rollercoaster of the exit polls and the subsequent national mood swings to keep us entertained.
    During this time of uncertainty, some will find themselves clutching their heads in dismay at the interim results while others will clasp their hands in joy.
    Truly, the best way to end an Election Day is with a nationwide existential crisis and unending sense of trepidation.
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    נפתלי בנט
    נפתלי בנט
    Yamina leader Naftali Bennett
    (Photo: Amit Sha'al)
    Fear not, for we have leaders like Yamina head and briefly declared kingmaker Naftali Bennett, who promised to do what is best for Israel and its people.
    If only any of our elected officials actually knew or cared what was best for Israel and its citizen.
    Perhaps then we would have avoided a fourth election at all costs, to say nothing of the apparently inevitable fifth vote that is sure to come.
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