Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Prime Minister , Whats his name ?

It is the day after the Isaeli elections, and Mark in the office came up to me and made comments about what I wrote yesterday about democracy and the Israeli Elections, bringing up some good solid points.

The thing is that Israel and the Middle East is a big deal worldwide whether we like it or not, Israel dominates World News on a regular daily basis, no matter side of the fence you sit on, and almost everyone in the world knows the name of Israeli Prime Ministers, past and present. very few no the name the name of the current Australian Prime Minister not to mention who was the last Australian Prime Minister.

Following the lowest voter turnout in Israel's history, the people have spoken.

However in Mark's words , the average secular Israeli is about to be raped, that is the result of the Elections last night, The Kadima Party did OK and has the largest number of seats and will thus be the major party in power BUT and this is the part that many Israelis now fear, is that to form a coalition Kadima will enter into talks with minor parties that represent elements of the extremists here. These parties only want, then want more and in return will give nothing back to the country.

These groups do not work, do not pay taxes and do not serve in the Military, whilst the average middle class secular Israeli citizen works like hell, pays a fortune in taxes and watches their children serve in the Miltary putting their lives on the line to protect the country.

His points are very valid and perhaps they are not heard enough in the wider world, Israeli voted yesterday and a new administration under Prime Miinister Ehud Ulmert. get used to the name you will be hearing it a lot in the future.

But behind the scenes, average Israelis become more frustrated at their society, as Democracy here continues to flourish, everyone nows that deals are being done with parties who do not have the interest of their country at heart. Rather than a sense of optimism for the future that comes from a new Political Party taking the reins, there was a sense of doom in the office today.

Of course here in the Unholylands, there is always a twist in the tale, to use a pun. The main commercial TV Network News tonight Channel Ten, had a report on the new Prime Ministers brother who now lives in Canada, he apparently owes some "Commercial Interests" -(here think The Sopranos and Immigrants to Israel from the former Soviet Republics), large sums of money and cannot return to spend time with his brother.

The other funny note from last night and the Elections, after the Exit Polls had declared Ehud Ulmert as the next PM, rather than rush to Party Headqurters to accept the accolades of the Party Faithful and appear on TV around the world, he kept everyone waiting because he wanted to watch the end of the Football. Now I am starting to like new PM already, a man who knows his priorities.

Post script - The name of the Australian Prime Minister is John Howard and he has been in power for ten years , if anyone was interested.

1 comment:

Ben said...

Mal,

Great to see you blogging again!!

Best wishes,

Ben