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Electing Israel - Be'er Sheva

Beer ShevaToday I traveled to Be’er Sheva, the capitol of the Israeli desert and much like Houston it is the 4th largest city in the country but only holds 250 thousand residents. The weather today is about 90 and maybe it’s the heat but it seems that people here are louder than those up north.

At first my plan was to ask people about their opinions to try and give you a taste of what the average Israeli voter thinks about when he goes to vote, but then something much interesting happened. Whenever I began talking with a random person on the street very shortly after another one would join the conversation and after him another one.

Discussing PoliticsThese people stopped everything they were doing at the moment just in order to talk politics with 2 or 3 random people. Most of the time the conversation got loud and enthusiastic, each side trying to convince the other to vote for who they support.

After 15 minutes of loud conversation (in Israel this is not seen as shouting), the same thing happened with all the people I spoke with. They stopped talking, grabbed the hand of the person in front of them, shook it and said “Tivhar nahun” meaning “make the right choice for you” and this to me is more important than any political view.

 

The Night Before

In less than 8 hours the voting polls in Israel will open and millions will go and fulfill their democratic obligation and though Israelis love talking and discussing politics it seems like right now we are all sick and tired of it. 

For the past few weeks Israelis have been talking nonstop about politics. It’s in the news, it’s in the bars and restaurants and its even on your phone-since arriving to Israel I and every Israeli have been bombarded with text messages from all political parties and honestly we’ve had enough. 

We’ve had enough of politicians promising things that they may not live up to

We’ve had enough of propaganda

We’ve had enough fake news

We’ve had enough of conversations about politics

 

Tomorrow morning I will go and cast my vote, and right after it I will take a deep breath and say “baruch sha ptaranu” meaning “good riddance.

I sincerely don’t know what is going to happen and what will be the outcome of the elections. I only know that no matter what happens I will always love my country and how passionate its people are.