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"If we don't do something soon there'll be nothing left to secure"

Carmel Vaisman, a communication researcher at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, votes for the new Green Party and Meimad. Read more...

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Carmel Vaisman, a communication researcher at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, votes for the new Green Party and Meimad.

What is the single most important issue in the election for you personally, and which party will best handle that issue? 

The most important issue for me is education, that's why I support the new Green party; it has wide green and social policies and it's the hottest thing on the blogosphere at the moment. All the A-list bloggers support it. 

Will Israel's economic situation influence your vote?

Yes, the economy is deteriorating. The war has taken all our attention, everything else is going derelict - social services, education - if we don't do something soon there'll be nothing left to secure.

Do you think the Gaza offensive has improved or worsened Israel's security? Do you feel physically threatened where you live?

No, I don't feel physically at threat. Nothing has changed. Even in the south, they were suffering from rocket strikes and they're still suffering from rocket stricks. The war was pointless as all wars always are.

Worldwide coverage focuses on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. What is the one thing you would like outsiders to know about Israel?

I feel like I live in a totally normal country, with normal problems, with a lot of different people. I'm tired of only being represented by the conflict.

Choose a photo that either represents the upcoming Israeli election or that struck you during the campaign. 

"I see the election as a huge market where everyone is screaming out and selling only rotten fish. The only light of hope is the new Green party."