A Lesson in Democracy

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10 In aug 1977
Political Parties - Achdut Ha'avoda. Democracy , Diaspora , Peace - Peace, Peace Agreements. Aliyah - Return to Zion. Security , Individuals - Shimon Peres, Ze'ev Jabotinsky

Since I became a disciple of Jabotinsky at the age of 15—it is now fifty years ago—I learned from him, and believe this with all my heart, that Eretz Yisrael belongs to all the Jewish people and not only to that portion of our people that lives here. However, it is my duty to state that a national election being THE internal issue in any country, must always remain the legitimate exclusive domain of those who can influence the electorate or be influenced by it. Your suggestion or allegation that my colleagues and I were elected by the people mainly "on the basis of our economic plan" is, to put it mildly, a complete mistake. We campaigned for months on two issues: the political-security problems and the socioeconomic problems. Every child in Israel knew exactly what we stood for on the question of peace and security—the more so the adults. This was the main theme of the election-eve television dialogue between the Labour Alignment's candidate for the premiership, Mr. Peres, and myself. After all this thorough public elucidation came the decision of our people. And I venture to say that there never was a more democratic expression of opinion in the annals of our country or of any other state than the Israel national election of 1977.