Wednesday, February 11, 2009

How They Voted: southern Israel veers sharply to the Right

It turns out that having rockets lobbed at your home by Hamas makes you sympathize a bit more with the political Right.

Haaretz has a great presentation of voting patterns by city and sector (i.e. Arab, religious, secular, kibbutz, etc). Sderot and Ashkelon, the cities most affected by Hamas missiles have taken a decided swing to the right:

In Sderot where 30% of the population suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, a solid majority of 56% voted for the two major right-wing parties (Likud/Yisrael Beitenu) while only 17% went to the center-left (Kadima/Labor):

Ashkelon, a city of 100,000 which came under Hamas rocket range starting in March 2008, gave 58% to the major right-wing parties, and 22% to the two center-left parties:

What's the saying... a Conservative is a Liberal who's been mugged?


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