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Israeli Elections


Israeli elections have no legitimacy whatever.

by Stephen Lendman

They fast approach. They're sham elections. Except for more contesting parties, they replicate America's illegitimate process. 

Voters get little choice. Ideological extremists run Israel. Rhetoric alone separates candidates. Policies are hardline. Hypocrisy substitutes for democracy.

Israel's current Knesset is its most hardline ever. It trashed rule of law principles. It enacted repressive anti-democratic laws. It fast-tracked Israel toward tyranny. 

It targeted free expression and assembly. It supports accelerated settlement construction on stolen Palestinian land. It prioritized what no free society should accept. 

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Upcoming elections promise worse. Coalition religious/secular extremism dominance is assured. Belligerence and neoliberal harshness are prioritized. Israelis aren't wise enough to choose better. They'll get leadership no one should accept.

Candidates from 34 secular and religious parties will contest. Polls suggest Netanyahu/Lieberman's Likud/Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel Our Home) looks likely to win. 

Once dominant Kadima is a spent force. Polls suggest it'll gain two of 120 Knesset seats. 

They predict Labor to get 16, Habayit Hayehud/National Union 14, Shas 11, former Kadima leader Tzipi Livni's Hatnuah 10, Yesh Atid 9, and Meretz 4. 

Candidates from four Arab parties are contesting. They include United Arab List, Ta'al, Balad, and Hadash. They're each predicted to win four seats. Effectively they're powerless.

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Hardline Jews run Israel. Arabs have no say whatever.

Yair Lapid heads Yesh Atid. Haaretz calls him an Israeli Chuck Norris. He'll join Netanyahu's right-wing government if elected. Doing so will violate campaign pledges.

All Israeli politicians do it. Their promises belie their agenda. They say one thing and do another. They support the worst of hardline policies. 

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I was born in 1934, am a retired, progressive small businessman concerned about all the major national and world issues, committed to speak out and write about them.

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