After a few days to cool down, I will try to explain why I am angry at those who voted for the small religious parties.
In my opinion, those voting for the small religious parties have basically shot themselves in the foot. Instead of looking at the whole picture and using their heads, they wanted not only to “punish” Bibi Netanyahu, but also to vote for their small “boutique” parties, where everyone looks just like them and has exactly the same idealogy. Now these voters are happy because they have representatives who agree with them about everything, but it is a hollow victory, for one very simple reason – these representatives don’t have enough power to do what they want done. And the people who DO have the power, don’t care about these issues.
Who has the power now? Avigdor Leiberman. (Granted, Tzipi Livni theoretically has the right to try to form a government, since she won more seats than Bibi, but most people agree that her chances are very slim). The real power broker now is Leiberman, since he knows that both sides are desperate for his seats.
Let’s take a look at Avigdor. His voters are right wing, but they don’t really care about the specifics of settlements. What they really want is to separate themselves as much as possible from the Arabs. Leiberman has said in the past that he is willing to do a “land swap” – whereas Israel would annex certain areas and give up other areas to the Palestinians, including uprooting Jews from their homes. This attitude is a lot more left-wing than the Likud’s stance, and is anathema to those who voted Ichud HaLeumi/HaBayit HaYehudi.
Religious issues: Avigdor Leiberman is in favor of loosening the laws governing civil marriages in Israel. For those of us who are Orthodox Jews, this is a serious problem, and it will open a Pandora’s box of issues in relation to the future status of children born to these couples. The Likud party’s stance regarding these issues is much more traditional, and is closer to what Ichud HaLeumi/Habayit HaYehudi voters want.
Avigdor Leiberman believes that citizens of Israel must either serve in the army or do some sort of National service in order to receive Bituach Leumi (social security) benefits. This attitude is directed at both the Arab population and the Charedim (Ultra-Orthodox), who neither serve in the army or do national service, but do receive Bituach Leumi benefits. Granted, most of those in the National Religious camp do the army or national service, but by no means all. At this point, due to the move to the right (both because of the disengagement and because of the trend toward more stricter observance by some of our youth), there are many Dati Leumi young men who are putting off their army service indefinitely in order to learn. The Likud party has no desire to change the status quo regarding this issue, and is closer to the attitude held by those who voted Ichud HaLeumi and HaBayit HaYehudi.
Nu? What did you gain by voting for Katzeleh and What’s his name?