Unlike our Two Party predominance, when Israelis head to the polls for the March 17 elections, 26 parties will be vying for the Knesset’s 120 seats — including such fringe groups as the Pirate Party, which supports total government transparency and freedom of information on the Internet, and the Green Leaf party, which advocates marijuana legalization. Fewer than a dozen, though, are likely to earn the 3.25 percent of the popular vote necessary to enter Knesset.
The 120 seats are then allocated percentage wise according to the popular votes. Since no on party has ever received over 50% of the votes; no party can form a government on its own so will need the inclusion of our parties an sometimes these "governments are very fragile.
For the first time the small splinter parties of the 1.7 million Arab citizens of Israel who have full citizenship rights have united in one Unity Party and expect to get between 12 and 15 seats, which will give them a power block in all legislation, although the leadership has stated that they will not participate as members of any government.
One final note; New York City has begun using the Shot Spotter in Brooklyn and the Bronx. What has our experience been? It would be interesting and perhaps valuable to have an up to date report. Where and How has it been of value? Do the Police feel that it has helped reduce gun shots or other crimes?