Some people have continued to vote in every election in Israel’s 75-year history as the country prepares for its 25th election.
Yossi Barash, a 94-year-old native of Moshav Kfar Yehoshua in the Jezreel valley, is one of them. Barash urged all Israelis to cast ballots, saying, “We must vote; it’s the essential civic responsibility,” and added, “I always voted, in the rain, storms, and great heat, I always arrived at the polling station where I lived.”
Barash was born in Tel Aviv in 1927; his family moved to Kfar Yehoshua in 1928, and he continues to live there now.
Barash is the father of two children, nine great-grandchildren, and seven grandkids.
Barsh stated that she was frightened about the state’s future rather than excited when she cast her first ballot.
We were a tiny nation with fewer than a million people, surrounded by much larger Arab governments, and the situation was frightening.
I wasn’t excited because I was too worried, he added.
On average, 30% of Israelis avoid the polls and use election day as a day off, but Barash is adamant about continuing to cast his ballot for as long as possible.
“I never put my travel plans ahead of voting. I always thought it was vital to vote in person,” he emphasizes.
I’ve voted for the Labor party for as long as I can remember, even when it was still Mapai, Barash said of his unwavering commitment to his political stance.
I continued to support it, and now I support the Labor party because I agree with its philosophy and direction.
Barash is also concerned about the political gridlock in Israel, which has resulted in five elections in three years, but he emphasized that the most important thing is to vote, “not who they vote for but they should vote.”
Barash is disturbed that it became such a small party today.