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Watching these debates through Israeli eyes has underlined the wonderful simplicity and accountability of the US election process. It may not be perfect, but it’s a lot better than ours here.

You’re managing with two parties for 330 million people, and electing representatives with specific geographical areas of responsibility. We’re going to have dozens of parties running to represent our fewer than eight million people when we vote on January 22, 2013, and none of our members of Knesset will be elected on a constituency basis. Instead, it’s pure proportional representation. A recipe for coalition chaos, making a hard-to-govern country all the harder for a prime minister to lead.

Here’s our diplomatic correspondent with a primer on our elections. Got to love this headline: The Knesset expects: Lots of Labor and one or two Bibis! Get it? Knesset expectslaborBibis…!

Still, Israel’s election is looking a whole lot easier to call than America’s.

Rabbi Bernhard Rosenberg (photo credit: Courtesy)
Rabbi Bernhard Rosenberg (photo credit: Courtesy)

We enjoyed this piece from earlier today too — Rettig Gur’s interview with the head of Rabbis for Romney, who has entered the fray in order to emphasize that, er, the pulpit is no place for party politics. Gotta read it to understand it.

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