Israel’s Zehut party is trying to reach the largest number of people possible, with the intent of breaking into governing Israel. Meanwhile, despite its wide platform, which includes some libertarian views and other preferences that better suit orthodox settlers, there is one notable positive that is reaching across the divides of political groups: the hope to legalize cannabis.
Zehut is running on the platform that the level of potential addiction to marijuana is comparable to other already legal substances — ones that have not been proven to cause significant harm. Furthermore, the plan set forth by the party involves an infrastructure for consumption and sales that would be similar to that already used to oversee the alcohol trade.
Zehut is working to fill a gap left by the Green Leaf Party — a constant in the elections from 1999 until now. The party had opted out of running in future elections due to minimal results in the numerous attempts already made.
For Zehut, the main focus is on restricting state imposition on the society as a whole and individuals, specifically impeding their influence on lifestyle and viewpoint. Meanwhile, the party intermingles the focus on God and his influence on the country while also attempting to reach those hoping to see minimalist government and a flat tax.
The varied viewpoints may be fragmented, but the stance that marijuana is not harmful and would be better as a legalized product is the cohesive unit for the platform and the stance that is garnering the most positive attention. As in previous elections, a minority party with a strongly appealing point in their platform may make the difference when the opposition is too unfocused in their own efforts.