Is it? Already? Didn't they just have one a couple of years' ago?
Apparently, yes, yes and yes. But someone told me a few years' ago that Israelis just love elections, as it gives them another free day off to go and take their mangal somewhere and start grilling steaks.
So here we are, at my 5th or 6th Israeli election day in barely 10 years. And I'm sure you're dying to ask me the question of questions: who am I voting for?
I'm voting for the same people I voted for last time around: Precisely No-one.
I like Precisely No-one for a few reasons: Firstly, you don't vote in some uber-hawkish right wing PM who then promptly dismantles half the country and gives it back to the Arabs.
Also, you don't vote in some uber-liberal leftie who campaigns on a platform of giving the whole country back to the UN, as they anyway are planning on retiring to America, but who then ends up fighting a couple of serious wars.
When I vote for Precisely No-one, I'm also avoiding the pitfalls of electing frauds, gangsters, liars, mass-murderers, mafia king-pins and people with very scary-looking official photographs.
And to top it all off, it's also means I don't fall out with my neighbours over who I'm actually voting for. Magic.
I know some people think it's a civic duty to participate in elections. I also used to think that way, until I read something in the Gemara that explained that G-d holds the heart of kings in His hand. What that means tachlis is that whoever you vote for in the elections, Hashem is going to decide how they are actually going to behave in office.
If Am Yisrael is worthy, we can vote in the biggest waste-of-space and he'll end up actually doing a pretty good job for us. And the opposite.
So if we really want to see 'peace in our time' and 'secure borders' and a 'thriving economy' and 'more opportunities for our youth' and whatever else they're all busy promising us, the best plan would be to chuck our voting ticket in the bin, and then take the hour it would take us to do our civic duty to go to a field somewhere, and go and talk to G-d instead.
If we all did that this Tuesday, we'd get Moshiach and royal monarchy pronto, which isn't exactly democratic, but still sounds pretty darned good to me, as options for ruling the country go.