RAMALLAH Feb. 9 (JMCC) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman are proposing separate pieces of legislation that would allow Israeli citizens outside the country to participate in elections.
The move has caused controversy in Israel, with opposition leader Tzipi Livni declaring the legislation immoral. Critics say that those who do not live in Israel should not wield such control over the country's policies, particularly positions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Some 750,000 Israelis live outside of Israel, 95,000 of them in Russia and other former Soviet states. Russian immigrants to Israel form Lieberman's largest constituency, prompting fears that changes in the voting law would push Israeli politics to the right.
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