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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-07-10

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, July 10, 1981

Caricatures

JPS Chooses
New President

Western Olim Seeking Electoral Reform

PHILADELPHIA — Dr.
Muriel Mallin Berman has
been elected president of the
Jewish Publication Society.
She is the first woman to
hold this position.
Dr. Berman is vice
chairman and vice
president ofHess's, Inc., and
an underwriting member of
Lloyd's of London. She is a
national board member of
Hadassah and is chairman
of the Hadassah-Israel Art
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to the voters.
Determined to avoid the
fate of the now defunct
DMC, the CCC under Her-
zog has insistently refused
to form itself into a separate
political party. Instead the
CCC is concentrating on
educating the general pub-
lic on vital issues and bring-
ing pressure to bear on the
already existing political
parties to do something
about them. At the top of the
CCC list of urgent problems
in need of effective solutions
is the matter of electoral re-
form.
In most democracies, a
member of parliament is
directly elected by the
voters of a certain district
and therefore must be re-
sponsive to their wishes
and establish a good re-
cord of performance in
his job or else face being
voted out.
In Israel, members of
Knesset are responsible to
their party organizations
only. They are selected by
a limited group of party
members. The citizens may
vote only for the predeter-
mined party list, not for an
individual.
The strength of the cur-
rent method of representa-
tion is that it allows any
group with a strong ideolog-
ical commitment to force its
way into at least one or two
seats of the Knesset. This
system was adopted origi-
nally by the World Zionist
Organization (based on the
Polish system of the time)
before the founding of the
state of Israel. The purpose,
then, was to give the
maximum number of views
expression within the broad

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lists.
Another major problem
It should be noted that
there are real reasons for with the current scheme of
for your party
opposing a constituency party dominated lists is that
system and without meet- once members are elected to
By
ing them a change would the Knesset, they may opt to
not necessarily be bene- break with their parties and
ficial. Israel is a new and form tiny factions of their
variegated society with own, which never received
many traditions and group- any confirmation from the
Call
ings which demand expres- voters at all.
The CCC was formed
sion. To crush minority
views so as to compel all to about a year ago by Israelis
support one of two blocs has of English speaking origins
a different meaning in Is- who wished to take a more
rael and in England, with active part in the political
its centuries of democratic process. Besides electoral
political tradition of all reform, the group is work-'
ing for improved efficiency
peoples.
Israelis should be most and a better quality of life.
Bringing with them the
sensitive to minority rights
democratic traditions of
— just as they must under-
their countries of birth,
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spectrum of Zionist ideol-
ogy.
In the parliament of a
modern state, this approach
leads to fragmentation
which can undermine the
stability of the government.
The system was adopted by
Israel in its first election be-
cause the War of Indepen-
dence was in progress and it
was impossible to divide the
country into constituencies
while the fighting was still
going on.
The proportional re-
presentation system was
adopted as a one-time
expedient, which it was
assumed the First Knes-
set would supplant with a
system of direct repre-
sentation. However, the
results of the first elec-
tion were to distribute
power among a number
of small parties, each of
which obviously had a
vested interest in main-
taining the vehicle which
had brought them to
office. The consequence
has been government by
coalition, which has
enabled certain factions
to hold on to the balance
of power.
Opposition to the pro-
posals for electoral reform
has been expressed, among
others, by the religious par-
ties, who fear losing the cru-
cial role they've played in
the ruling coalition, under
both Likud and Labor-led
governments. The kibutz
movement has also come
out against direct repre-
sentation, since their mem-
bers are spread out around
the country and therefore
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