Israeli Politics, political science homework help

The Israeli Knesset addresses political conflicts almost on a daily basis. One of the keys to understand structures and functions of the Knesset is the Israel’s electoral system.

A. Characterize, briefly, the election method in Israel as outlined in section 4 of Basic Law: The Knesset.

The Knesset shall be elected by general, national, direct, equal, secret and proportional elections… this section shall not be varied save by a majority of the

members of the Knesset.1

  1. Explain how this method may affect the way the Knesset challenges internal conflicts in Israel.

  2. Following the ongoing debate on electoral reforms, one of the suggested reforms is that after a general election, the head of the largest Knesset faction will become the Prime Minister automatically. Analyze the expected consequences of this change. In your analysis, refer to at least one of the main social cleavages in the Israeli society. 

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