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Science  ›  Mandatory Vaccinations

Should the government require children to be vaccinated for preventable diseases?

M>M  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Abortion

What is your stance on abortion?

M>M  Public statementsPro-choice

Social  ›  Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalization of same sex marriage?

M>M  Public statementsYes

Social  ›  LGBT Adoption Rights

Should gay couples have the same adoption rights as straight couples?

M>M  Public statementsYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Mandatory Military Service

Should every 18 year old citizen be required to provide at least one year of military service?

M>M  Party’s support baseYes, but with less focus on military training and more focus on education and skill development


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Elections  ›  Criminal Politicians

Should a politician, who has been formerly convicted of a crime, be allowed to run for office?

M>M  Party’s support baseNo

Transportation  ›  Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?

M>M  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the national minimum wage?

M>M  Public statementsYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Government Surveillance

Should the government be able to monitor phone calls and emails?

M>M  Party’s support baseNo

Immigration  ›  Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?

M>M  Party’s support baseYes, as long as it is safe for them to return to their country

Immigration  ›  Muslim Immigrants

Should Muslim immigrants be banned from entering the country until the government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists?

M>M  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Environmental Regulation

Should the government increase environmental regulations on businesses to reduce carbon emissions?

M>M  Public statementsYes, and provide more incentives for alternative energy production

Social  ›  Women in Combat

Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?

M>M  Public statementsYes, preventing women from serving in combat roles is discriminatory

Foreign Policy  ›  Syrian Refugees

Should Israel accept refugees from Syria?

M>M  Public statementsYes

the Economy  ›  Taxes

Should Israel raise taxes on the rich?

M>M  Public statementsYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Armed Teachers

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

M>M  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Flag Burning

Should it be illegal to burn the Israeli flag?

M>M  Public statementsNo

Healthcare  ›  Single-Payer Healthcare

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system?

M>M  Party’s support baseYes

Education  ›  University Tuition

Should tuition at public universities be free?

M>M  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Death Penalty

Do you support the death penalty?

M>M  Public statementsNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Military Spending

Should Israel increase or decrease military spending?

M>M  Public statementsDecrease

Healthcare  ›  Healthcare Privatization

Should there be more or less privatization of hospital and healthcare services?

M>M  Public statementsLess, and there should be no privatization of the healthcare industry

the Environment  ›  Plastic Product Ban

Should disposable products (such as plastic cups, plates, and cutlery) that contain less than 50% of biodegradable material be banned?

M>M  Party’s support baseYes

Healthcare  ›  Marijuana

Do you support the legalization of Marijuana?

M>M  Public statementsYes, but only for medical use

Science  ›  Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

M>M  Party’s support baseYes, temporarily while we increase investment into cleaner renewable alternatives

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Are you in favor of decriminalizing drug use?

M>M  Public statementsYes

the Economy  ›  Government Spending

Should the government make cuts to public spending in order to reduce the national debt?

M>M  Party’s support baseNo

Elections  ›  Candidate Transparency

Should political candidates be required to release their recent tax returns to the public?

M>M  Party’s support baseYes

Crime  ›  Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?

M>M  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Animal Testing

Should researchers be allowed to use animals in testing the safety of drugs, vaccines, medical devices, and cosmetics?

M>M  Party’s support baseYes, but not for cosmetics

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

Should corporations, unions, and non-profit organizations be allowed to donate to political parties?

M>M  Party’s support baseNo

Elections  ›  Political Party Subsidies

Should political parties receive money from the government?

M>M  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Labor Unions

Do you believe labor unions help or hurt the economy?

M>M  Public statementsHelp

Social  ›  Gender Workplace Diversity

Should businesses be required to have women on their board of directors?

M>M  Party’s support baseYes

Crime  ›  Private Prisons

Should the government hire private companies to run prisons?

M>M  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Net Neutrality

Should internet service providers be allowed to speed up access to popular websites (that pay higher rates) at the expense of slowing down access to less popular websites (that pay lower rates)?

M>M  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  VAT Rates

Should VAT rates be increased or decreased?

M>M  Public statementsDecrease, but only on food and medicine

Domestic Policy  ›  Video Surveillance

Should the government increase video surveillance in public places?

M>M  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Corporate Tax

Should Israel raise or lower the tax rate for corporations?

M>M  Public statementsIncrease for large multinational corporations but lower for small businesses

Crime  ›  Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?

M>M  Party’s support baseYes

Healthcare  ›  Safe Haven

Should cities open drug “safe havens” where people who are addicted to illegal drugs can use them under the supervision of medical professionals?

M>M  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Assimilation

Should immigrants be required to learn the Israeli language?

M>M  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Fracking

Do you support the use of hydraulic fracking to extract oil and natural gas resources?

M>M  Public statementsNo

Crime  ›  Prison Overcrowding

Should non-violent prisoners be released from jail in order to reduce overcrowding?

M>M  Party’s support baseYes

the Environment  ›  Genetically Modified Foods

Do you support the use of genetically engineered crops and foods?

M>M  Public statementsYes, but require the labelling of foods that are genetically modified

the Environment  ›  Corporate Subsidies

Should cities be allowed to offer private companies economic incentives to relocate?

M>M  Party’s support baseYes, as long as the local environment is not compromised

the Economy  ›  Bonus Cap

Should bankers’ bonuses be capped at 100% of their pay?

M>M  Public statementsYes