Sunday, December 28, 2008

The elections are coming

I was just thinking about the upcoming February elections for the Israeli Knesset (Parliament), and asked myself are elections really around the corner?

You wouldn't know it if you drove the roads of the Golan Heights. When I lived in more populated parts of the country, political signs would pop up everywhere. By now, the bus stops in Jerusalem - and other big cities - have probably been mummified with campaign messages.

However, when I read the newspaper this past weekend, I realized that our quad-annual national holiday is fast approaching. I guess the left-wing parties that wish to cede the Heights have nothing to say to us. But I am surprised that the parties that are competing for our votes have remained, for the most part, silent. The truth of the matter is, I have to say this is quite nice, because while people are gungho about putting signs up on highways, they probably are not the same way when it comes to taking them down. And that just causes trash to pile up.

I have noticed one political sign, though, but it was a small party that I think has joined forces with the Likud. And speaking of the Likud, their big shots were in Qatzrin last week giving support to residents of the Golan Heights.

Also, a few weeks ago, Yisrael Beiteinu kicked off their 2009 campaign trail in Qatzrin.

So I guess there is some politicking going on up north, but not nearly as much in the heavily populated areas. Either way, I have the 10th of February circled on my calendar and look forward to the day off.


A Khudori Soleh said...

salam from khudori

itamar said...

ואני ראיתי במקרה השבוע שלט שמכריז שבשמיני לחודש הכביש סביב הכינרת יהיה סגור...

מעניין למה

Shmuel @ Go Golan said...

Hello to you khudori and welcome to my blog.

Itamar (saw a sign that they're closing the road on the January 8th around the southern part of the Kinneret for marathon)... but I'm only running in the 10km race, so no need to get me in the local paper.

hubscubs said...

you'll be surprised. back in 1996, when peres was the interim PM after rabin's assassination, he was involved in serious talks with syria re: the heights. right before the election in june, my yeshiva was staying at some kibbutz in the golan, plastered with peres campaign signs.

we were like, "helllllo? he will kick you out of your home!!"

Rafi G said...

Shmuel - I just spent some time in the Golan (I drove by your yishuv and said to my wife we should go visit you, but alas the schedule we were not on required we keep moving!) and did not see so many signs.

One thing I did notice is that a majority of the signs that were up were from Tzomet. I have not seen their sings anywhere else, except in the Golan so far!

Ben-Yehudah said...


There aren't any Kadima or Labor posters {yet}, just as there aren't any in the Shomron. They might not decide to waste their time,...yet.

Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, this war is a total election ploy. Why didn't they do this three years ago?

Ben-Yehudah said...

Hey, remember "HaDarkah HaShlishit?"

I guess that dates me.