The results are in

March 11, 2020 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin has received the results of the elections to the Knesset for the third time in 11 months.

Chairman of the Central Elections Committee and President Rivlin  Photo Mark Neyman/GPO

He addressed the heads of the parties saying “elections are always a moment of instability that can undermine social solidarity, which is the foundation of the healthy functioning of our democratic state. This is a moment at which the disagreements and differences between us are highlighted, in which the broad consensus is marginalized and everything becomes political”.

He said: In the Jewish-democratic equation, every vote counts. ‘There is one law and one set of regulations that apply both to you and to the stranger residing among you. (Numbers 15:16)’. In the State of Israel, there are no half-citizens. There are deep disagreements, but no semi-citizens. On behalf of the people of Israel, and on behalf of all citizens of Israel, I would like to thank you, members of the Central Elections Committee, for your devotion and for taking upon yourselves this task from a true sense of public duty and commitment to Israeli democracy and the democratic values of the State of Israel.

This is the place to remind party heads and elected officials that this house, and I personally, are at your disposal for any serious and genuine conversation you may wish to hold. Any agreement you are able to come to that produces a stable government that gains the trust of the people will be welcomed. Among other options, you have the outline I offered at the last elections. I am certainly aware of the criticism of the outline that I presented then, and agree with much of it. But I did not believe there was another way and, even today, the situation has not changed a great deal. There are many who are looking here with hope that answers will come from this house. The answers are for you to find, those who the public elected as its leaders, and I hereby place the task in your hands once again.

I am hopeful that the 23rd Knesset that will be sworn in next week will last longer than its predecessors, and that the president who stands here to receive the results of the elections to the 24th Knesset will be someone else.”

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