Israel’s elections took place in February 2009, which means that elections will take place here again in about another year, at the latest (with our usually stormy political scene, elections are usually called earlier than every four years, although I have a feeling that this government will last out the full term).
Primaries are not always held before each party makes up its list – some of the smaller parties have committees that appoint the people who will be the next Knesset members. This is one of the reasons (but not the only one) that I do not vote for the smaller religious parties, but I vote for the Likud. (For some background read here and here )The Likud party holds primaries before every election, where its members can influence who will be the next Knesset Members. There are some “saved seats” in its list, that is true, but the majority are chosen by election. (If you are interested in joining the Likud, go here, fill out the form and send it in. Depending on how long it is before the next election you may still be allowed to vote in the next primary).
I have decided to focus some of my posts for the next few months on the Likud Knesset Members, and especially the younger ones. I would like my readers to be introduced to some of our young conservatives. Some of them fit into the stereotype of what the media likes to peg the” right winger” – religious and living in Judea and Samaria, but most of them don’t. Yariv Levin doesn’t fit the profile. He is young, does not sport a yarmulka, and lives in Modiin.
There has been a lot of activity in the Knesset lately regarding how the judicial system chooses its judges. (Contrary to the American system of checks and balances, the judicial system in Israel holds enormous power, and the left leaning judges hold on to this power indefinitely). One of the Knesset Members who is trying to change the system for the better is Yariv Levin, a young member of the Likud party.
You can read about him in English in this Wikipedia article (note the impressive number of laws that he has worked on in the Knesset) and here in his biography on the Likud site. He wrote an opinion piece in Ynetnews here after the first boycott law was proposed and the left tried to kill it in its first stages. More recently he has proposed a law giving a Knesset Constitution Law and Justice committee the right to veto Supreme Court appointees.
For those of you who understand Hebrew, his Youtube channel is here.
He is just one of many Knesset Members that I am proud to have voted for in the last election. More to come…..