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Saturday, March 19, 2005

Voting in "The Middle East's Only Democracy"

The Jerusalem Post reports that a "joint survey of Palestinian and Israeli public opinion conducted between March 8 and 13, 2005, under the auspices of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) in Ramallah and the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem" has yielded the following results (see all the results here):
52% of the Israelis support and 44% oppose a referendum on Sharon's disengagement plan.

If a referendum on Sharon's disengagement plan were held today, 65% of the Israeli public would support it, compared to 29% who would oppose it. 49% among Israelis support the participation of Israeli Arabs in such a referendum, compared to 48% who oppose it.

So let's see... 48% of the democracy-loving people (let's give them the benefit of the doubt) of "the Middle East's only democracy" are opposed to the idea of the country's non-Jewish citizens participating in the referendum (using the concept of representative sampling here). Excuse me, but what exactly is the Israeli definition of "referendum"? Because I just looked it up on OED (admittedly my adherence to such technicalities annoys many people) and it's defined as follows:

"The practice or principle (in early use chiefly associated with the Swiss constitution) of submitting a question at issue to the whole body of voters."

Yes, believe it or not, it says "whole body" of voters! Now this has me wondering if the OEDs distributed in Israel contain different definitions for some words... Ahhh, but perhaps the OED is just too pro-Palestinian for their tastes, so maybe I should look it up in the Zionist-English Dictionary (again, can't help but mention it, it's just simply impressive how great the Hebrew people are).

Breaking news: The IDF (no, not the International Diabetes Foundation) is readying itself to launch an offensive (Operation Peace for Tel Aviv) on Tel Aviv after Israeli citizens were injured. The decision comes after months decades of violence inflicted on the people of Israel by road terrorists.


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