Yesterday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won a decisive victory after Israeli voters turned out in the largest numbers in 16 years. One voter who cast her ballot has done so in every election Israel has held. Jerusalem Post reporter Niv Elis tells of his grandmother, who has voted in all 20 of Israel's elections:
My grandmother, Margalit, has a perfect voting record.
It’s not that she’s picked the winner in every election – her party of choice didn’t lead the country until 1977 – but Tuesday, at the age of 87, she voted in her 20th Israeli election, out of 20.
Even in her retirement in northeast Tel Aviv, not everyone can boast that accomplishment.
She was hesitant at first. Since my grandfather, Shraga, passed away at the age of 93 last summer, the process of doing anything alone for the first time has been tough.
Easier to stay indoors, drink coffee, and pass the days.
But with a little nudge, she made her way to the polling station, picked the slip of the party she decided she would support weeks ago (whether or not she actually made it to the polls), sealed it in the envelope, and put it in the blue ballot box.
My grandparents had a long history of Likud voting.
They were followers of Ze’ev Jabotinsky, who inspired my grandfather to come to Israel with a dream of riding a horse and holding a rifle. He fought in the Irgun under Tzipi Livni’s father, Eitan, and had enough clout in the Likud’s predecessor, Herut, to get Begin to be his first son’s godfather.
They were married shortly after the War of Independence and voted in the first elections when they were finally held eight months after the state’s establishment.