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Sunday, March 26, 2006

Israeli elections broadcasts.

The Israeli elections are in a few days, and I wanted to share with my readers an experience most Israelis face every elections.
According to the Israeli election propaganda law, every party running for the Knesset gets a TV spot in the three main channels. Each party gets an equal time frame, with time editions for every serving parliament member. I'll post (with subtitles) a few of the election clips by different parties.
Here are the most original and controversial clips so far (will add more next week).

First of all Kadima. The likely winner of these elections, which not only sampled the national anthem into its jingle but also used Ben Gurion and Hertzl in its ad. They're using a wordplay on their name "Kadima" which means "Forward" in Hebrew. Here's the ad (Right-click, and Save as..). Here's the subs.

Here's Meretz, a leftie party, with probably the best ad of these entire elections. Appealing to the heart and extremly original. Won't tell you what it's about, or it'll spoil it. The ad. The subs.

Here's Shinui. This is currently the third largest party in Israel, but it isn't expected to be in the next Knesset at all. It's entire leadership quit (after losing in a primary election) and formed a new party. Shinui deals with stopping the ultra-orthodox Jews from extorting the government into giving them more money, and make them do military service like the rest of us. All noble causes, but this broadcast pretty much made sure noone will ever vote for them again.
This was actually aired only once, and almost all of it was censored ever since due to claims of Anti-Semitic material. Here's the complete clip, along with Jews crawling on their bellies, and then disappearing in black smoke. Here are the subs.

Here's the "Green Leaf" party. Their official goal is to legalize marijuana, they run every elections, but never got into the Knesset so far. This time, they tried having an actual platform on social and economical problems, other than smoking dope. Here's their ad regarding civil and same sex marriages which is widely controversial in Israel. Wait for the end to see why. The ad. The subs.

That's it so far. Will bring more clips next week.

13 Comments:

  • The Shinui clip isn't working.

    By Anonymous Fear, at 12:52 PM, March 26, 2006  

  • Which party is Netanyahu running in? Or is he not running?

    By Blogger Jason Lomberg, at 9:25 PM, March 26, 2006  

  • Ummm.. Jason, wake up. You don't know what party Netanyahu is heading and you are trying to explain to some readers here something about Israel and Palestine?

    ISMer

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:12 PM, March 26, 2006  

  • ISMer,
    I was under the impression he was heading the Likud party, but I didn't see his ad mentioned in the post. The issues of Israel's very existence (which folks like you resent), and Israeli politics are entirely separate issues.

    By Blogger Jason Lomberg, at 7:49 PM, March 27, 2006  

  • As was said in the end of the article: "That's it so far. Will bring more clips next week.".

    Bibi is in Likud. BBC world reports the following roll-call based on exit polls: Kadima;Labour;Yisraël Beitunu;Likud.

    By Blogger Brigant, at 10:58 PM, March 28, 2006  

  • None of the subtitles nor the last 2 ads can be downloaded. Error message related to the location of the files or name change.
    My regards to ofek

    By Blogger Brigant, at 12:31 PM, March 29, 2006  

  • great perspective from a 20yr old, i'm impressed!

    By Blogger Ginrod Isus, at 12:05 PM, April 03, 2006  

  • hey! update your blog! i've got nothing to read at work! by the way i'm going to be in isreal in december traveling around with my brothers. we're all in our late 20's and we've been wanting to visit isreal since we were kids. i know there's so much to see but can you think of anything that we CAN'T miss?

    thx. i think you've got a great blog and i check it regularly.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:14 PM, May 04, 2006  

  • Well soldier/blogger, you are indeed on shaky ground when the right-wing Jerusalem Post criticizes the Israeli military and police's handling of anti-Wall protests in Bil'in, Budrus and other places. Read this long, detailed article:

    Getting Carried Away, LARRY DERFNER
    http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1145961277201&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

    It pretty much tells it like it is.

    ISMer

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