Newsbrief: Israeli Green Leaf Party Eyes Knesset Seats 12/13/02

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Leading members of Israel's pro-legalization Green Leaf Party (http://ale-yarok.org.il) told the Jerusalem Post on Monday that they expect to win at least one seat in Israel's parliament, the Knesset, in elections set for January 28. Under Israel's system of proportional representation, any party gaining 1.5% of the vote is entitled to a presence in the Knesset.

In the last Knesset elections, Green Leaf shocked political observers by polling just over 1% of the vote -- coming within 15,000 votes of winning a seat. This year, a poll conducted by Gal Hadash (formerly Gallop) for Green Leaf shows the party running at 2.5%, while straw polls conducted by local newspapers register even higher numbers. In those polls, the party consistently runs at 3% or better, with a poll in a Kfar Saba newspaper last week putting Green Leaf at 8%.

The Green Leaf leadership met Sunday night to select its list of Knesset candidates, with party founder Boaz Wachtel winning the first slot. "I think we're going to be the surprise of the elections," he told the Post. Attorney Dan Goldenblatt and activist Renen Mosenson were in line for the second and third slots, the Post reported.

Although Green Leaf advocates the legalization of marijuana -- and all drugs, for that matter -- party leaders told the Post they intend to emphasize a broader agenda. "Whoever reads our manifesto -- to our sorrow, few voters ever do -- is always impressed," said party treasurer Shai Hakim. "It expresses a desire to change fundamental aspects of this country. Ecology is strongly emphasized; there is still time to undo historical mistakes. We call for separation of religion and state -- 75% of the population believes in that -- and propose a referendum to finalize borders of the country. It's time to let the people choose," he said.

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