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Israel's Personality Cult Party

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The Likud primary Tuesday expresses a kind of internal democracy that is becoming extinct in Israeli political parties. Apart from the ruling party, only in Labor and Meretz is the candidate lineup chosen by a large number of voters. The remainder make do with elections in limited forums, or the arbitrary decision of an autocratic party leader. The latter is method is characteristic of the new political arrangements.

Primaries have quite a few disadvantages. The high cost of campaigning requires most candidates, who are not independently wealthy, to seek funding from donors. Thus, dependence is created between elected officials and the wealthy. And the larger the party is, the greater the impact of vote contractors on the outcome.

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