MK Amir Peretz Champions CECI’s Efforts In Quest for Israel’s Government Stability

MK Amir Peretz commended CECI’s efforts and stressed that upon his return to Israel, he will support theproposal that pushes forchanging the system of government. On October 19, 2009, The American Friends of the Citizens Empowerment Center in Israel (CECI) hosted a briefing with Knesset Member Amir Peretz, former Defense Minister, at a private residence in Santa Monica, CA.  Prominent LA-based Israeli philanthropists and activists were in attendance, as well as members of the press.

MK Amir Peretz praised CECI’s mission, emphasizing the need to reform Israel’s troubled parliamentary system by reducing the number of political parties. Peretz stated that we have many challenges ahead and that we are facing a difficult, but important task.


Peretz discussed the existing system of proportional representation in Israeland how ineffective it has been. Since the birth of the State of Israel 61 years ago, the government has changed 32 times, with an average length of two years. Only two governments have actually completed a full term.


Peretz expressed his displeasure with the large size of the current administration, which has 30 Ministers.  He also addressed the huge gap that exists between strategic policies and their implementation.


Peretz emphasized that an unfortunate consequence of the current political system permits representatives to be committed to party activities, rather than the voters’ interest, which leaves little room for accountability. He reiterated that a change in the system of government is key to resolving these types of issues, but change involves many challenges.


During the upcoming months, members of various political parties in the Knesset and current Ministers will hold briefings in Los Angelesto increase awareness of the dire need for electoral change.  These political leaders understand the importance of this quest for a strong, effective, and stable government to ensure Israel’s future wellbeing.


CECI will keep you updated as progress is being made.


Sincerely,


Igal Zaidenstein

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