MK Major General Matan Vilnai Advocates Electoral Reform in Israel

MK Major General, Deputy Minister of Defense Matan Vilnai, declares that the only solution to strengthen and stabilize Israel’s government, socio-economic structure, and day-to-day societal issues is to reform the electoral system.

On October 26, 2009, Sam Delug, a prominent supporter of The American Friends of the Citizens Empowerment Center in Israel (CECI), hosted a cocktail / dessert reception at his Beverly Hills residence, with Knesset Member Major General, Deputy Minister of Defense Matan Vilnai, as the guest speaker. About 100 people were in attendance including prominent community philanthropists, activists, and members of the press.

MK Matan Vilnai stated that the main problem facing the Israeli government stems from too much talk and not enough action. He discussed Israel’s need for true leadership with an ongoing, uncompromising commitment, from Ministers that can make big decisions, implement ideas, and see real concrete results. He believes the root of the problem causing so much instability in the government stretches from the short-lived tenure of office in the current system. “You can’t do anything in 2 years”, says Vilnai, which has been the average life span of Israel’s governments.

MK Matan Vilnai commented that the principal objection in making changes to the government comes from misguided loyalty to a party rather than to the State of Israel. He stressed the importance of education focused on reforming the political system, so that a Minister can fulfill the full 4 year term originally intended.

MK Matan Vilnai stated that CECI’s mission falls 100% in line with his own views. He urged increased involvement within the community, emphasizing several times in his speech how important Diaspora support is for the State of Israel. He advised widening the circle of awareness through increased understanding and discussions which will help facilitate the Knesset’s responsiveness to this issue.

MK Matan Vilnai has dedicated his life to the State of Israel, serving 36 years in the IDF, as well as holding numerous government roles which presently includes the Deputy Minister of Defense. He exclaimed, “parallel to the security problems that are the most important problems that we must deal with, is the stability of the government; it’s the main issue in Israel and we have to do our utmost to change the system and to achieve the goals of the CECI.”  He closed by saying, “if we have good people and a good idea how to do it, we must do it, I am sure about it.”

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From Left to right- Mr. Bijan Nahai, Sam Delug, Shahar Azani- Consul for Culture, Media and Public Diplomacy, Deputy Minister of Defense Matan Vilnai, CECI Founder-Mr. Izak Parviz Nazarian, Howard Rosenman (Photo by Moshe Barzilai)

Deputy Minister of Defense Matan Vilnai  (Photo by Moshe Barzilai)

Deputy Minister of Defense Matan Vilnai (Photo by Moshe Barzilai)

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From left to right- Mr. Wise Cohanzad, Mrs. Roza Cohanzad, Deputy Minister of Defense Matan Vilnai, Founder of CECI Mr. Izak Nazarian, Ms. Jila Ghodsian (Photo by Orly Halevi)

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